The day starts with a walk and a hello from the neighbor's horses.
Next up, a visit to The Prado in Las Cruces, a traveling outdoor exhibit of 92 photographically reproduced masterpieces from Spain's Prado Museum. Here is Fra Angelico's Virgin of the Pomegranate (c. 1426).
The paintings were displayed in the downtown plaza.
Las Cruces has tried in many ways to make its new central plaza a welcoming destination. The fountain doubles as a splash pad for children in the summer. On this fall day it was nice to rest on a bench and watch the changing displays of water.
The Las Cruces Christmas tree is located here.
There is also a concert stage, sheltered from the desert sun.
Looking back at the exhibit from across the plaza.
The food trucks were cooking up something that smelled delicious. And it wouldn't be southern New Mexico without a vendor selling red chiles from the recent harvest.
The Organ Mountains overlook the city and the surrounding Mesilla Valley.
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