Billy The Kid Rides Off into the Sunset

If you’d like to see more photos of Santa Fe, New Mexico, feel free to look at my Santa Fe Photo Gallery.


Santa Fe is well-known for attracting artists, especially in the earlier part of the twentieth century. One of the great artists was Gustave Baumann, a painter, sculptor and wood-carver, who had a profound effect on this town.

He built a house about a half mile from my home, and it’s a special place. It’s owned by The Historic Santa Fe Foundation, who carefully restored the building and is now offering it for sale.

In the front yard sets Gustave Baumann’s sculpture of Billy the Kid, whose sombrero serves as a bird bath. This photo was taken later in the afternoon, when the sun was low, warming the image, and causing deep shadows.

To me it looks like Billy is riding off into the sunset; the way his life should have ended (commentary by me 🙂 ).

Two side notes — when I started this blog back in September, I posted a photo of the church where Billy the Kid’s mother got married. And also this image was taken on the same day and just down the street from the contemporary wood gate, I posted earlier this week.

Shot with my 70-200 lens at f/2.8.

Image Copyright © Katie Johnson. All Rights Reserved.


~ by KatiesCameraBlog on February 24, 2012.

27 Responses to “Billy The Kid Rides Off into the Sunset”

  1. Tee hee I Love it!

  2. I need to add ….how brilliant is that shadowing!? Well done and great eye!

  3. This is so wonderful and nice. 🙂 I loved this photo, and the post, Katie! 🙂

  4. I can imagine Santa Fe being a lovely place to live in! So many interesting objects to take pictures of and be creative 🙂 Lovely post 😀

  5. Shadow and light work so well in this! Excellent shot, Katie.

  6. It’s photos like these that reminds me that art is singular and collaborative. Lovely shot, Katie. Thank you.

  7. Great stuff. Love the lighting.

  8. Super photo Katie…love the whimsy/folk art look of the sculpture!

  9. He looks more like Pancho Villa!! Great light Katie.

  10. Wonderful photo, Katie. Nice even lighting.

  11. I love this little guy. So cute! And Santa Fe is a great place. I’ve been a couple of times and enjoyed it.

  12. very charming! I have to visit Santa Fe one of these days soon…

  13. That is really cool. Great shot Katie.

  14. That’s one cool dude!! Lovely shot!

  15. yew haw! lol 🙂 Nice shot.

  16. What a great subject. Both the photograph and the sculpture are amazing. I love the sombrero as a birdbath – that’s my kind of whimsy. Great eye, as always.

  17. haha…didn’t know what to expect when I saw the headline!! didn’t expect this. I love it !

  18. Afternoon sun is my favourite, I’ve loved all your photos this week!

  19. Wonderful sculpture! Love your composition here too Katie – and great lighting.

  20. How cool is this? The birdbath hat is just great. Nice crop on the image. I like it!

  21. I love the colors in this shot and that his hat is a birdbath.:)

  22. Love the warm color.

    I’ve nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award; you can see the link on my post from today, Day 89.

  23. Cool Photo!!
    I like how the statue seems to stand in front of a black shadow

  24. A sombrero bird bath – awesome! Nice pic.

  25. Ha! Ha! 😀 What more do I need to say?



  26. Really cool! Where can I get one?

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