South of the border

Upon driving into Taos, N.M., it is easy to see why artists have been flocking to the quirky enclave for more than 100 years. With the dramatic Sangre de Cristos as a backdrop – not to mention the mysterious “Taos hum”– the area has been a rich source of inspiration and wonder for many. Today, the town still harkens back to a simpler time, from its classic coyote fences, adobe buildings and turquoise trim  to its plaza filled with whimsical knickknacks, silver jewelry, modern paintings and sculptures. The eclectic art mixed with the old world architecture, new world earthships and perhaps a green chile beer on the Eske’s patio can help us escape just long enough to remember what drew us to the Southwest in the first place. Or maybe it was just the hum.


A sculpture of Greek god Pan stands in front of a colorful tile-art mural.


Earthships make for interesting, almost extraterrestrial landscape.



Turquoise vigas line adobe buildings in Taos' historic plaza.