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Canyon Clarity: A Cinematographer Creates Her Dream Home in New Mexico

A renowned documentary filmmaker escapes into the healing balm of wilderness through her sweet adobe cabin set on forty-four acres overlooking the Pecos River.



Nestled in a rugged area near the Pecos River, the New Mexico home of Dyanna Taylor sits on twenty-four private acres.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
This sculptured bowl and window grace Dyanna Taylor’s sleeping and meditation quarters.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
Says Dyanna of her cabin: “This is where I like to hide.”
Photography By Lark Smothermon
A heavy door leads to the “pumphouse,” a storage building that supplies power to the bath house.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
The cabin was built in the late 1980s by Andrew Geer; Dyanna Taylor purchased it in 1998.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
A yoke to the heavens: Sculptor Gary Dryzmala fashioned “Vision,” this piece of art, reaching skyward.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
Dyanna’s cabin clings to its rocky perch over the Pecos River with a thick stone foundation. Wide planks, finished in whitewash, complete the flooring in this room.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
Through a dual set of doors, the desert air of the outside reaches the snug one-room adobe building adjacent to Dyanna’s main cabin.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
The adjacent adobe building has a domed roof and a skylight at its apex, creating a connection to the outside. Dyanna comes here to meditate and sleep, especially during the warm summer months.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
Dyanna created this altar in a niche. She observes, “Nature is always itself.”
Photography By Lark Smothermon
This day bench receives a mix of light and shade and the kinetic energy of this mobile, created by Dyanna from objects she has found during her travels and on her property.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
A womb for sleeping? This bedroom, perched in an alcove, receives plenty of light, a sense of the spacious outside with an eastern view of the Pecos River, and still a snugness of enclosure within earthen walls.
Photography By Lark Smothermon
Not unlike her grandmother’s rustic kitchen in Steep Ravine, Dyanna’s is filled with all the essential tools of the trade, an earthy palace of utility in the middle of the cabin.
Photography By Lark Smothermon





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