Fajada Butte, Chaco Canyon

From under the ramada, Fajada Butte, Chaco Culture National Historical Park. When I visit Chaco Canyon I always like to return to this spot, in the shade of the poles and look out upon Fajada Butte. I often make it my last stop before leaving the canyon, to sit and gaze out at this landscape; to rest easy in the shade, perhaps to feel, what stirred the souls of those long ago. I’m very fortunate that I have been able to spend many months over the years in this place. There are many stories as to the why and wherefores of Chaco. All I know, in this place, is peace and serenity. Thanks for looking. G

Under the ramada, Chaco Culture National Historical Park.

Storm Clouds Over The Rio Grande

Storm clouds over the Rio Grande from the Lobatos Bridge, Colorado. It’s been dry for a long time, which made the sight of these heavy clouds very welcome. Behind us was another system and the two seemed destined to clash directly over head. Standing on an old steel bridge where the Rio Grande Gorge begins, with tripods, felt like we were tempting providence. We headed south in the opposite direction and avoided hail and a heavy dust storm. Thanks for looking. G

Storm Clouds Over The Rio Grande

Santa Rosa de Lima, Abiquiu

Santa Rosa de Lima, on the banks of the Rio Chama in Abiquiu, NM. The adobe church was built in 1734, (it says on the sign) and is located just off the highway in the ghost town of Santa Rosa de Lima, about a mile south of Abiquiu. I’ve included some links below to a few more images. Thanks for looking. G

Santa Rosa de Lima, Abiquiu

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/february_16/feb_06_16.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/august_15/aug_01_15.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_13/oct_05_13.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/may_15/may_30_15.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/september_12/sept_02_12.html

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon

Pueblo Bonito, Chaco Canyon. Stepping stones of light through ancient doorways into the past. Standing here alone in a narrow room, when the ruins are void of everything but light and the sound of the wind is probably as close as I’ll get to the Chaco Canyon Culture. On a previous trip I’ve heard flute music played,  echoing around the three and four story high walls, weaving like the wind through the cracks and doorways… nothing compares to the virtual silence in this place. Thanks for looking. G

Pueblo Bonito Chaco Canyon

Lama Road Fire Burn Area

Lama road (Old Highway 3) burn area from the Hondo Fire 1996. I wanted to share this image from the area north of San Cristobal, in order to show the damage done 22 years ago and how looks today. I made a series of very large panoramas depicting the regrowth in the burn area. I find the area hauntingly beautiful and I will share more images from this series. As you may have heard, the fire season is upon us, and here is a gentle reminder. Thanks for looking. G

lama road fire burn area

Tumbleweed Corner, Estaca, NM

Tumbleweed Corner, Estaca, NM. Not as large as some of the specimens seen whipping around the valleys and mesas. I have seen these entities adorned with scraps of paper, embedded with plastic grocery bags, water bottles and bits of sage brush. Around these parts they have been referred to, affectionately, as “mesa street sweepers”. Where one or more is gathered there will be others. Thanks for looking. G

Tumbleweed Corner, Estaca, NM

Blue Portal, San Francisco de Asis, Church

Blue portal with blue skies at the San Francisco de Asis Church, Ranchos de Taos. People ask me all the time whether I get bored visiting the same locations. My answer, “No”. I always find something new and I get to share it with other photographers. And the other question… is the sky really that blue? “Yes!” It’s my pleasure to show new locations to visiting photographers and those I’ve made multiple trips with. Visiting previous locations multiple times almost always reveals new angles and vistas. Thanks for looking. G

San Francisco de Asis, Blue Portal