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Rio Grande Cutthroat Trout

It was the series of cascading twenty-to-thirty-foot waterfalls that first drew my attention to a particular backcountry creek in the wilderness, but when I learned that this same creek was one of the few remaining habitats of the Rio Grande cutthroat trout, I made sure to throw a seven-foot, three-weight fly rod into the kit for the day.

June 21, 2021
Coquette Cakes

At a young age, Caitlin Olsen, owner of Coquette Artisanal Cakes, began baking alongside her paternal grandmother. Her grandmother’s legacy lives on at Coquette, where Olsen continues to use her recipes for three of her cakes.

June 14, 2021
Aquamarine, sterling and copper cuff bracelet

Challenging circumstances foster innovative solutions. For much of the past year, the pandemic sharply reduced travel and tourism. Moreover, shoppers, whether from here or elsewhere, couldn’t freely enjoy in-person shopping, and many small, local, retail businesses were having a difficult time.

June 14, 2021
Skinny Dipped Owners

The pandemic inspired one big change in the way the snack company SkinnyDipped does business: Founders Val and Breezy Griffith decided to live part of the year in Santa Fe in the late spring of 2020.

June 14, 2021
prickly pear cactus

In spring, the New Mexico landscape is spectacular. Lavender, Russian sage, purple and white lilacs, and brilliant purple irises and astors abound. Various foliage ranges in color from pale to brilliant green, from yellow-green to the chamisa’s dusky gray-green.

June 14, 2021
Galisteo Basin, NM

I often marvel that when I’ve got an itch to hike in wide-open spaces, I can scratch it at the Galisteo Basin Preserve, a short twenty-minute drive from Santa Fe. The last time my husband, Paul, and I went there, we stopped at Arable restaurant in Eldorado and chose takeout dishes that reflected the themes of the land.

June 11, 2021
Duffy the Rabbit

Comparing rabbits to other pets is misguided, says Tama Capellini, a Madrid fiber artist who makes wearable art and handspun art yarn: “Asking if a rabbit is more like a cat or a dog is like asking if a dog is more like a goldfish or a canary.”

May 29, 2021

At 215 East DeVargas Street stands the DeVargas Street House, aka The Oldest House, one of the oldest buildings in the United States. The unassuming-looking structure, with its thick adobe walls, three small windows and low doorways, is believed to rest on part of the foundation of an ancient Indian Pueblo built in the 1200s that was inhabited by members of a Tano-speaking tribe.

May 29, 2021
Elena Trujillo

Elena Trujillo, the bar supervisor at The Shed restaurant in downtown Santa Fe, says she loves interacting with people. Over the past fourteen years, she has perfected the art of bartending.

May 29, 2021
Elizabeth Hahn, Catch of the Day, acrylic, 30” x 30”. Courtesy of the artist.

Painter Elizabeth Hahn became part of Santa Fe’s vibrant arts community in 1988. A lifelong artist who grew up in Louisiana and attended college in Oklahoma, Hahn moved to town to become the director of an art gallery and then stayed because she fell in love with The City Different.

May 29, 2021
The prickly pear cactus (Opuntia polyacantha).

Prickly pear is a member of a cactus family that is native to the United States, Mexico and South America, although it flourishes in many parts of the world. It’s grown in gardens throughout the Southwest and enjoyed in a variety of cuisines and in cocktails.

May 24, 2021
The Santa Fe River

When I was growing up in the community of Nambé, my family had a private well that would occasionally go dry for a day. We’d drive to my grandma’s house nearby to fill up jugs of water while my dad worked hard to get the well producing again. Our property was surrounded by badlands, and it was always hard to grow anything in our nutrient-poor soil.

May 24, 2021