winter shadows

winter shadows

 
 moonrise at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

moonrise at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

 
 the  Moonstone Beacon  and  Ridge  rings

the Moonstone Beacon and Ridge rings

 
 “underwater light 2” acrylic on wood panel

“underwater light 2” acrylic on wood panel

I love seeing how light catches on things, on the wall in the winter sun. Glinting off of the water or snow. Hitting a diamond and making it sparkle. Shining on a moonstone or a crystal and starting a rainbow. I’m always thinking about it. When I take pictures, when I make jewelry, when I make paintings.

 
 sun flare in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula

sun flare in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula

 

On Jeweler’s Row in Chicago, the main jeweler’s building has special lights in the elevator that make your diamond sparkle even more intensely.

 
 winter watercolors

winter watercolors

 
 Spring Equinox sunrise at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

Spring Equinox sunrise at Chaco Culture National Historical Park

 
 Sonia in the  Sunrise earrings  and  Sunrise Diamond  necklace

Sonia in the Sunrise earrings and Sunrise Diamond necklace

 sunset in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula

sunset in Michigan’s Upper Penninsula

 
 “underwater light 7” acrylic on wood panel

“underwater light 7” acrylic on wood panel

 

The light here in the Southwest is very different that it was in Chicago. At almost 8,000 feet above sea level, we’re that much closer to the sun.

 
 

In March, we camped out at Chaco Culture National Historical Park, so that we could wake up and see the Spring Equinox Sunrise. Much of the architecture at Chaco Canyon is oriented around sun and moon cycles. During the Spring Equinox, as the sun gradually rises above the canyon walls, it shines directly through the cardinally-aligned windows of Casa Rinconada, the largest kiva in the canyon.  

Read more about our visit to Chaco Canyon National Historical Park here.

 the  Orb  and  Absaroka  rings

the Orb and Absaroka rings

 
 
 the  Diamond Orb  and  Small Orb  rings

the Diamond Orb and Small Orb rings

 
 streaming light at the botanic gardens

streaming light at the botanic gardens