Western Kingbird On The Wire, Colorado

Western Kingbird on the wire southern Colorado. We were driving along and this bird kept bopping along just ahead of us. As soon as I would stop the car and level the camera, it would pop off to the next section of fence. After four attempts it appeared to be enjoying the game. On the fifth time, it waited for us on the fence line and I got off five frames, only to take off again in to the field and beyond. Thanks for looking. G

Western Kingbird on the wire

Swallowtail Butterfly, Wild Rivers

Swallowtail Butterfly, in the Wild Rivers area of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The image below is a composite of the same butterfly, on and off the Horsetail Milkweed. This plant, is essential to the Monarch Butterflies, but it also appears to be attractive to Swallowtails. There’s a lot of Horsetail Milkweed plant along the roadsides and verges all around Taos County. Fortunately, I think the road crews cut the invasive weeds and spared the milkweed plants when mowing this year. Thanks for looking. G

Swallowtail butterfly on the Horsetail milkweed in the Wild Rivers Area

More on the Swallowtail Butterfly

https://www.britannica.com/animal/swallowtail-butterfly

Adobe Corner, Las Trampas Church

Adobe Corner, Las Trampas. The most beautiful and authentic mission Church of San José de Gracia de Las Trampas, on the high road to Taos. Click on the links below to see more images. Thanks for looking. G

Adobe Corner, Las Trampas Church

https://geraintsmith.com/san-jose-de-gracia-de-las-trampas-2/

https://geraintsmith.com/las-trampas-church-high-road/

https://geraintsmith.com/san-jose-de-gracia-de-las-trampas-nm-2/

https://geraintsmith.com/las-trampas-grave-marker-high-road-taos/

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/december_15/dec_06_15.html

Evening Coyote In The Long Grasses

Evening Coyote in the long grasses, in a meadow in southern Colorado. I love it when the coyote stops and stares and decides we are just as interesting to him as he is to us. We were, transfixed, during this brief, eye to eye encounter with this animal. In the words of Tony Hillerman “Coyote Watches”, he does, but, I feel sure he saw us long before we saw him! Thanks for looking. G

Evening Coyote In The Long Grasses

Red-Tailed Hawk Over The Hedgerow

Red-tailed Hawk over the hedgerow. We made a quick drive a few nights ago to the southern edge of the San Luis Valley in Colorado just over the border from New Mexico. A gentle wind moved through the wheat fields stirring the crops. Raptors launched from power poles, as we drew close, gliding along the fence lines and hedgerows. The adult birds were screeching warnings to the fledglings who followed the parents, riding on warm, gentle thermals. We saw a number of fields being mowed as we criss-crossed the road grids in the area. The center pivot irrigator provided a perfect watch tower and launch pad for a number of raptors, crows and ravens eager to snatch an unsuspecting mouse or rabbit stirred up by the massive wheeled harvester. We were back home for a late dinner and a movie right before dark. This day, in it’s own way, was a cinematic experience in itself. Thanks for looking. G

Red-tailed Hawk Over The Hedgerow

The Meadows, Taos New Mexico

The Meadows, Taos, New Mexico. I don’t go to my bank very often. I do my banking on line. But when I do this is the view I see as I pull out on to US Highway 64 in El Prado (the meadows) just north of Taos. Beyond the summer greens of the line of red willows is Taos Pueblo land. From here the view is unobstructed to the Columbine – Hondo Wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Thanks for looking. G

The Meadows, Taos New Mexico

Here are a few more images from the bank!

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/november_15/nov_06_15.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_15/oct_25_15.html

http://geraintsmith.com/this-evening-light-el-prado-new-mexico/

Cliffs Along The Rio Chama

Cliffs along the Rio Chama on the road to the Desert Monastery. For sure the tree adds a little scale. In color these cliffs are hues of honey, rosy pinks and rusty browns. There’s a wonderful old “David Bramley” windmill behind where I’m standing. Below are some links to other images in the area. Thanks for looking. G

Cliffs Along The Rio Chama

http://geraintsmith.com/windmill-on-the-rio-chama-road/

http://geraintsmith.com/desert-monastery-road-abiquiu-nm/

http://geraintsmith.com/rio-chama-abiquiu-new-mexico/

http://geraintsmith.com/christ-in-the-desert-monastery/

Cornfield, Sunflowers, Taos Mountain

Cornfield, and sunflowers, on the flanks of Taos Mountain. I’ve seen many small fields of corn around the county and I’m impressed by the growth of the plants despite the dry start to summer. My neighbor has a fabulous garden this year. I’m grateful for his generous donations to our pot and to the organic produce section at out local grocery store. Thanks for looking. G

Cornfield, Sunflowers, Taos Mountain

White Cross, Shadows, Saint Francis Church

White cross and shadows at the Saint Francis Church, in Ranchos de Taos. If you’ve downloaded my July Journal of Photography then you will be familiar with this image. It’s a photo from many years ago that had eluded me until the last few weeks. I like the simplicity of much of the architecture I find here in New Mexico. If I never leave this state, I doubt I’d ever run out of subject matter. Thanks for looking. G

White Cross Saint Francis Church

Chiles, Chiles, And More Chiles

Chiles, chiles, and more chiles coming soon and roasting somewhere near you. If you love fresh roasted chiles, peeling them and putting them up for fall and winter then you know what I’m talking about. We went through 90 lbs of chiles last winter. We are now out of chiles and can’t wait to see them roasting on almost every street corner. I exaggerate, of course, but I can smell them roasting somewhere from almost every street corner in town. Bring on the harvest. We’ll be doubling our stash this winter. Thanks for looking. G

Chiles, Chiles, And More Chiles

Juvenile Canyon Towhee On The Feeder

Juvenile Canyon Towhee on the feeder in the garden, San Cristobal, NM. We have a family of Canyon Towhee’s that have returned for the last couple of years. It was nice to see them here in the valley again this year. They occupy the feeder with the Scrub Jays, the House Fiches, Evening Grosbeaks, Nuthatches, Crows and Magpies. We haven’t seen the Townsend Solitaires, Chickadees or Tanagers this year. Things change. Thanks for looking. G

Juvenile Canyon Towhee On The Feeder