Ute Mountain Clouds

ute mountain cloud
Ute Mountain, is a free standing extinct volcano in northern New Mexico rising 3000 feet above the valley floor on the Colorado border. It’s distinctive shape looms on the plateau and can be seen from many miles in any direction. It is a focal point landmark in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. In this image it is shrouded in cloud and can often be seen celebrating its own weather system.

San Luis Valley Ranch, Colorado

San Luis valley ranch Colorado
Winter in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. What impressed me when I came across this scene was the skinny wedge created by the fence and distant brush pointing to the tree and the house. The abandoned adobe building on the left added balance to the scene. The simplicity of these elements set in the snow with the massive nothingness of the sky is indicative of much of the wide open space and vastness of the San Luis Valley. It is a favorite place to visit and make images. Check out the workshops I conduct in the area HERE

Great Blue Heron, Bosque del Apache.

great blue heron
Great Blue Heron. The sun rises and spotlights the Heron already ensconced in its pre-established fishing hole. The bird remained in this position for what seemed like in perpetuity until, without any warning, it became intent on stalking its prey. Steady poise, deliberate delicate steps, and nature delivered up a sumptuous breakfast. It turned out that rat was on the menu this particular morning.

Morning in the Bosque del Apache, NM

Northern pintail ducks in the Bosque del Apache, Socorro, NM
Northern Pintail ducks in the Bosque del Apache (Woods of the Apache) NWR, Socorro, NM. It’s not hard to make a good image in the National Wildlife Refuge. At this time of year there is an abundance of waterfowl wintering in the somewhat more temperate climate of central New Mexico. These particular ducks came out of the reeds and marsh grasses in tandem. Observing them through the lens I had a feeling they knew where they were going. I had no clue what they were about, effortlessly gliding along. I got to watch and enjoy this moment and create a few compositions of the scene. Reviewing the image later I recalled, if nothing else, the reverence for a moment when I saw the three of them emerge from the reeds and marsh grasses taking my breath away in their wake.