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2.22.2015–Eklund Hotel

The last time I was in Clayton, NM I enjoyed quick lunches and the such at the Eklund.  This time I got to stay there.  My sister-in-law, Vic was rather taken w/the few pictures I took of the place.  So, this time around, I took more.

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The building was built in the last 1800s.  It’s been rather well upkept, considering you go through out the country and see abandoned places just like this all along the drive.

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There are some great details in the old place.  The lighting isn’t great, its very yellow.  But I worked out some of the details on post.  hdr-IMG_3034

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All along, I thought it was a tin ceiling, but it isn’t.  It is all plaster. Which, makes it all more facinating and unique. 

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If anyone knows me, they know I love door knobs!  The wood etching on the fireplace is very cool, and looked better in Black and White. 

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Again, the decorations/details on the ceiling are all plaster. 

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The fireplace is all marble.  There are two in the dining room and one in the saloon (which I didn’t get to photograph, maybe next time!)

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As I was driving down the 54, to my right it was as dark as night and to my left, completely sunny.  And that produced a great rainbow – even with my 18 lens I couldn’t get the whole rainbow!  (I did with my phone)

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And that was my view to the front.  And my long drive is finally over.  For another 10 weeks. 

Kasey’s House

Houses are far more than 4 walls and a few doors and a place to sleep.  They are homes, they are safe and they are the place we always yearn for. I’ve known Kasey for six or more years, and I remember during the 1st year of our friendship, we happened by the farm house and she said, “And that’s the house that goes with our farm.” 

It was one of those old homes with character and I thought it would have suited Kasey (and her family) just fine. 

The house is now hers (and Andrew’s of course!).  Make sure you check out the full albums Smile 

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Jules and I bought an old house, but one that has already been “fixed up” in many ways.  I offered Kasey my Wednesday off to help out.  She said “only if you can.”  I consider Kasey family, so of course I could.  I came armed with my camera. 

I love doors.  I have a small door that leads to the cubby under our stairs.  I love doors.  I love door handles too. 

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There is something about the dark, gleaming, wood doors and the old door handles with intricate designs. 

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Oh that little peep hole.  The swirls and the black gleam of the knob, and when you turn the knob you hear the mechanisms shift and pop the door open, letting you thru. 

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I love light switches!  I have this old, battered, turny light switch.  I will never replace that light switch.  Ever!  Kasey has some lovely funky push button switches.

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In most of the upstairs rooms, each wall has a pair of lights on the inside wall.  Makes for a lovely perspective shot.

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Each room is unique.  Which, is a lot like every member of the family.  Each member is unique and different, but part of a whole.

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What do we do w/mason jars?  We drink from them of course – and I take pictures of them. 

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The trim, and the swirls and lines and the shine.  All part of how an old house will never be out of date, or never be worthy of redemption. 

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This is a sill that is at the head of the stairs, so when we are all tramping down the stairs like a herd of elephants, we miss these details.  I love them. 

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This is the hinge of one of the closets.  The detail and craftsmanship is always mind blowing. 

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Our staircase at home looked a lot like this, but not in as good shape.  We opted to tear is down and put a build in book shelf instead.  This is the view if you lay down and rest the camera on the floor Smile

The house has this wicked, awesome place to sit and read.  I want it.  I may have to incorporate that into the extension we want to build in a few years. 

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These are just shots of things that are unique and different and wonderful.  I bet I could walk thru the house a few more times and find different ways to take shots of things. 

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I HDR’ed a few photos to pull out some of the stunning details.  It was worth the time to HDR and see what the camera saw that I had missed. 

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