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Running after work, Lake Peak, Santa Fe National Forest, May 31, 2018 | Ryan Keisler, Applied Science

A Photo Love Letter to Santa Fe

40 Snapshots of the Region Descartes Labs Calls Home

Descartes Labs
Jul 22, 2019 · 4 min read

If you’ve never been to the city of Santa Fe, you still might have a loose sense of what it’s like here. You’re probably aware that Santa Fe is in the state of New Mexico (though New Mexico Magazine has fun with those who aren’t in the know). You might rightly assume there are cactuses here (but not many look like this: 🌵). It’s possible you know that we’re in the mountains too, the Rockies even (but it’s less likely you know Santa Fe is the highest capital city in the U.S., sitting a few hundred feet higher than Mt. Mitchell, the highest point east of the Mississippi).

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As interesting as these facts are, though, they fall short of a proper, friendlier, more intimate introduction to Santa Fe and its surroundings. So, we’ve compiled a handful of photos to help the cause. In them, you’ll see our stunning little capital city, the mountains that serve as our backdrop, the parks and forests that serve as our playgrounds, and the deep cultural history of our region.

Regardless of where you live in the U.S., it’s getting to be that time of summer where things slow down just enough that you might get to grab a few moments here and there to enjoy your surroundings. We hope you will take one of those moments to also enjoy a quick tour of ours. Because we love Santa Fe — and we want to share it.

Landscapes

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Billie Jean at 12,500 feet | Leah Devine Pokrasso, Executive Chef
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Sunburst after a storm, looking Southwest toward the Jemez Mountains from South Ridgetop Road | Peter Barile, Marketing
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Hike near Abiquiú Lake | Laura Mazzaro, Applied Science
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A tucked-away cabin off the forest service road in Tesuque, New Mexico, during a fall snowstorm | Lily Hussey, Marketing
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Taos Ski Valley in October, as the aspens are turning color | Nikhil Sharma, Applied Science
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An afternoon walk in Chama, New Mexico | Javier Gonzales, Product
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Double rainbow after a spring hailstorm | Jamie Durfee, Recruiting
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Sunset at Frank Ortiz Dog Park (which sits on an old dump) | Lily Hussey, Marketing
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Badlands in Nambé | Krishna Karra, Applied Science
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Summer cloudscape | Leah Devine Pokrasso, Executive Chef
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The Quad Lift at Ski Santa Fe | Jamie Durfee, Recruiting
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View from the top of Double Arrow Rd. toward Madrid and the Galisteo Basin at sunset | Alex Diamond, Product Marketing
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Overlooking Santa Fe National Forest from Alamos Vista | Krishna Karra, Applied Science
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Lake Peak via Big Tesuque with Fritz Schlereth, Head of Product | Mark Johnson, CEO
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July lightning storm rolling over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains | Tim Wallace, Creative
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After a characteristic New Mexico thunderstorm. Half the sky still had distant rain falling, while the other half was sunny, with this beautiful rainbow. | Laura Kurtzberg, Engineering
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Bluebird day at Ski Santa Fe | Laura Mazzaro, Applied Science

Places

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Golden Hour on San Francisco Street | Leah Devine Pokrasso, Executive Chef
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Our Lady of Guadalupe outside Santuario de Guadalupe — built in the 1770s, it’s the oldest standing shrine in the U.S. | Lily Hussey, Marketing
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The town of Ojo Caliente is home to world-class mineral pools and the authentic New Mexican cuisine found at Mesa Vista Cafe | Annijke Wade, Product
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Three views of the IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts | Laura Kurtzberg, Engineering and Lily Hussey, Marketing
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Sunset under Spidey at Meow Wolf | Laura Kurtzberg, Engineering
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Window scene looking out of the garden store Plants of the Southwest, at its current location since 1989 | Peter Barile, Marketing
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The Guardian of Ojo Caliente at Oliver’s Store | Lily Hussey, Marketing
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The owners of Paper Dosa enjoying a day off at the “beach,” aka the Santa Fe River | Leah Devine Pokrasso, Executive Chef
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The Rainbow Man, just steps from the Santa Fe Plaza, features authentic art, crafts, and jewelry from Native American, Hispanic and New Mexican artists | Annijke Wade, Product
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Trout Lakes | Carly Beneke, Applied Science
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Santa Fe Train Station at the Railyard | Laura Kurtzberg, Engineering

Things

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Cow skulls for sale, seen down an alleyway off the plaza; A bowl of Sacred Hearts found at The Rainbow Man | Lily Hussey, Marketing
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My kitchen, fruit basking in the light on a window. | Karla King, Product
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Shrine at El Santuario de Chimayo | Lily Hussey, Marketing
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Typical painted-door scene in the Agua Fria neighborhood of Santa Fe | Peter Barile, Marketing
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Tree in bloom outside of Santarepa | Laura Kurtzberg, Engineering
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The amazing bathtub at the Historic El Rey Hotel. | Karla King, Product

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