“Sunsets, like childhood, are viewed with wonder not just because they are beautiful but because they are fleeting.” – Richard Paul Evans

I find that sunsets make everything better, maybe because it is fleeting or maybe because it’s a moment to stop everything and reflect. I have yet to find or do anything that a sunset will not remove my attention from, to stare in a blissful awe.

This lovely was taken at dusk in Central Colorado, US, just north of the NM/CO border

  “We who have lived before railways were made belong to another world. It was only yesterday, but what a gulf between now and then! Then was the old world, stage-coaches, more or less swift, riding-horses, pack-horses, highwaymen, knights in armor, Norman invaders, Roman legions, Druids, Ancient Britons painted blue, and so forth — all these belong to the old period. But your railroad starts the new era, and we of a certain age belong to the new time and the old one. We who lived before railways, and survive out of the ancient world, are like Father Noah and his family out of the Ark.” – William M. Thackeray

To see a railroad overgrown and forgotten brings up a sense of sadness. Railroads brought hope and progress of a new world; a connectedness that many had never felt before. Today, we connect with cell phones and computers which in turn seem to make us less collective as human beings.

This photo was taken on a back road in central Alabama, US

 “The genius of the United States is not best or most in its executives or legislatures, nor in its ambassadors or authors or colleges, or churches, or parlors, nor even in its newspapers or inventors, but always most in the common people.” – Walt Whitman

Along with barns, I love abandoned/forgotten churches. These places have so much energy! Whether a person considers themselves religious, spiritual, or not, I don’t think one can deny that these buildings hold so much human emotion – love, fear, sadness, and hope.

This beauty was taken in Southeast New Mexico.

“We are a country where people of all backgrounds, all nations of origin, all languages, all religions, all races, can make a home. America was built by immigrants.” – Hillary Clinton

Before moving to New Mexico, I had no idea what an adobe home was. Now, I appreciate them and love the culture behind them. Also, they make fabulous Forgottens!

This Forgotten is in El Prado, NM, with a gorgeous Sangre de Cristo Mountain background.