Sunday, July 11, 2021

Truchas means trout


Peaked roof and gathering storm

Long Adobe #1

In France Truchas would be called a ‘village perché which means what you think it means, perched village. That’s as close to a cognate as you’re going to get from me. While it doesn’t sit at the highest point of the village or belvedere the entire place spreads from north to south where it joins the High Road.

Long Adobe #2

Long Adobe #3

Long Adobe #4

Long Adobe #5

Like the time warp it is, Truchas could be in the mountains of rural Mexico. One imagines that Spanish was the only language spoken there a hundred years ago. And fifteen years ago, the welcome mat was definitely not out for painters and photographers. When Robert Redford directed the sappy film extracted from John Nichols’ novel The Milagro Beanfield War in 1988, his team had to construct a Spanish Mission Church since there wasn’t one in Truchas. The locals were so angry with the interruption to their daily lives that when the cast and crew completed production and exited Truchas disenchanted townies burned the church down just for spite. Then, in some kind of divine retribution, when Redford had to reshoot scenes including the church he had to build it again. John Nichols, no fan of Redford in the first place, is still laughing.

As reported last week the eastern sky drew us to Truchas. It was sketchy in Dixon, more promising in Ojo Sarco, and downright stunning. Two of the vintage adobes grabbed our attention and one got most of the shots.

1 comment:

Blacks Crossing said...

From start to finish, your Tour de Truchas is fascinating. The first image, "Peaked Roof and Gathering Storm" has amazing and delicious textures that are enhanced by your toning. The last shot, with its tightness and seemingly straightforward but complex details, leads me to wonder who lives in the room in the eaves. Nice that the sky is providing so much drama for your photographic journeys and stories. Muchas gracias, Amigo!