I was fortunate enough to be able to spend Memorial Day weekend in Taos at the luxurious El Monte Sagrado Resort. The grounds were so peaceful and beautiful that I spent most of the weekend painting just steps away from my room. Near the back of the property, I found this lovely and extremely New Mexico structure--an acequia. The water comes from the mountains and the thing with the handle can be lifted or lowered to direct the water one way or the other. Acequias are serious business in many New Mexico communities. They are lovingly protected and cared for by the members of the communities that they serve.