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

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

Cliff Palace ruin in Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado. The ruin was still closed for winter this week, guaranteeing no people in guided tour of groups, roaming around down there, and no signs declaring “Don’t climb on the walls” “Stay off the ladders”etc … You get the point. An undisturbed view of the ruin languishing in winter’s quiet time. Thanks for looking. G

Cliff Palace, Mesa Verde National Park, Colorado

On The Back Of A Sand Dune

On the back of a giant sand dune, Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve in Colorado. You never know what shapes will come as the sun sets on the great dunes in the National Park. I thought this one resembled a dolphin leaping through the  waves made by the prow of a ship. Thanks for looking. G

 

On The Back Of A Sand Dune

March Musings added

I’ve just added a March Musings, a photo essay in the San Luis Valley Free PDF Download

Great Sand Dunes National Park And Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Colorado. Spent the day here today on a photo shoot. Spring break was happening behind us with visitors from half a dozen states on sand boards and sleds. Before us, toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was pure serenity of rice grass, sand and sky. Thanks for looking. G

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Juvenile Golden Eagle And Sandhill Cranes

Juvenile Golden Eagle at the Monte Vista NWR, flew through and “dive bombed” numerous groups of Sandhill Cranes, talons and beak flashing, causing a continuous uproar and frenzied lift offs of the cranes. The eagle failed miserably at taking any prey but it was a sight to behold at how much fear they can instill in their quarry. Thanks for looking. G

Juvenile Golden Eagle and Sandhill Cranes

Alamosa Railyards, Colorado

Ghostly drapes on the “Minnesota Zephyr, Stillwater Carriage” in the Alamosa Railyards, Colorado. It is eerie to walk between the carriages and see the remnants from a bygone era. I can imagine the travelers on the train looking out the windows as the scenery went by, their eyes full of wonder, where ever they were heading. Here are more details on the train from Wikipedia. Thanks for looking. G

Alamosa Railyards, Colorado

The Red Barn Waiting Out Winter, Colorado

The ‘Red Barn’ waiting out winter, in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Ok, back to winter. This barn is a favorite location. It’s deteriorating and I’ll miss it when it’s gone. For now, until that moment, I’ll visit as often as I can. So much of the old and authentic is vanishing. I feel this barn is a reminder and metaphor of a life well lived, until the last piece of siding and roof is carried off in a wild winter wind, the wildlife moves on to other shelter, and the studs and joists, the bones of the old barn, lay down and finally succumb to the elements. For what it’s worth, as much as I’ll miss this place, it thrills me, in such a way, that I relish the thought of a life well lived, weather beaten and worn out and fulfilled to the end. Thanks as always for looking. G

The Red Barn Waiting Out Winter, Colorado

Red Barn


Rocks, San Luis Valley Lake, Colorado

Rocks, San Luis Valley Lake, Colorado. This is the view looking over my shoulder, in the other direction, north from yesterdays image. Standing here in the middle of winter’s solitude I cant help but remember that in the mist back there is the Blanca Peak range of 14,000 foot mountains of the southern Rockies. Check out this image from October, 2017. Thanks for looking. G

San Luis valley lake rocks

San Luis Valley, Winter Lake

San Luis Valley winter lake, Colorado. When the weather gets bad and blizzards are imminent, it’s time to get into the truck and head out. When we woke this morning and saw the snow and the forecast for the rest of the day, we wasted no time in loading up the gear and heading out … north. We ran into numerous blizzard conditions and loved every minute of the day. That white spot on the top left is the sun almost breaking through the clouds… and then it was gone. When we got home, and with a glass of whiskey in hand, the San Cristobal Valley melted under a glowing sunset, through the falling snow. Thanks for looking. G

San Luis Valley Lake

San Luis Valley Winter Lake 8532-8536