When the world became too rushed, crazed and confusing, the painter Georgia O'Keeffe (1887-1986) escaped to the desert and discovered her soul. O'Keeffe called Ghost Ranch home for over 40 years and after the 1946 death of her husband, Alfred Stieglitz, she permanently moved west. The light in the desert here is bold, fluid and incredibly powerful. With each sunset, the beholder feels as if a higher power is taking a giant brush and creating a nightly masterpiece. O'Keeffe was found of saying that if she painted one scene long enough, surely God would give it to her.
There is no denying the power and peace that can be found in this part of the country. I spent a wonderful month studying in Taos, New Mexico and though I am not a painter, can understand the desire to create when viewing such beauty.
Ghost Ranch is located in Abiquiu, which is about an hour and a half north of Sante Fe. There are abundant hiking trials in the area, which is where I found the very best views of Georgia O'Keeffe's beloved home. You can also stay in the retreat at Ghost Ranch and fully experience life in the desert. I suggest packing a lunch and going for a hike in the hills surrounding Ghost Ranch. Find a location where you can sit and quietly follow in the footsteps of O'Keeffe, collect your thoughts, reconnect with your soul and perhaps if you are so inclined, create a masterpiece.
* Images from ghostranch.org and dev.laptop.org