San Cristobal Valley Fall Highlight

San Cristobal Valley fall. The fall colors peaked in the valley about a week ago. Now the cottonwoods and aspen trees are stark white, ghosts of their former selves. Another kind of beauty in the coming season. Here’s another image of this location. Thanks for looking. G

San Cristobal Valley Fall Highlight

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Colors Of Fall In The Arroyo Hondo Valley

Colors of fall in the Arroyo Hondo Valley, northern New Mexico. Although I pass this spot on the map almost every day, most certainly when I go into town, it’s a joy to see the colors begin to intensify each fall to their absolute peak. Similarly, watching them fade slowly to the other end of the fall color spectrum is equally noteworthy. It has been an incredible fall in northern New Mexico and it’s not over yet. Ask anyone you meet, they’ll agree. I hope you do, and thank you, as always, for looking. G

Colors Of Fall in The Arroyo Hondo Valley

Cottonwood And Snow El Prado, NM

Cottonwood and snow El Prado, Taos New Mexico. Just a few days ago. Looking out for more to come. Passing through El Prado (the meadows) there are many places to pull over with scenes like this to absorb or to take a breath of fresh air, or to make an image.  Thanks for looking. G

Cottonwood And Snow El Prado, NM

Here are the links to some views in El Prado from the last couple of decades. Enjoy. G

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/july_08/july_29_08.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/may_09/may_20_09.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/september_07/sept_06_07.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_10/march_30_10.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/april_10/april_09_10.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/december_07/dec_26_07.html

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

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

 

Valdez Valley Winter Road

Valdez Valley winter road just north of Taos at the gateway to Taos Ski Valley. Waking up to the snow this morning did the heart good following one of the driest summers we’ve had in a number of years. This first snow, in the Taos area last night, prompted us to take a drive around some of our rural neighborhoods. Coming across this scene in the Valdez Valley was like stepping into the “living” land of enchantment! Thanks for looking. G

Valdez Valley Winter Road

Hillside Aspens, Cumbres Pass

Hillside Aspens, Cumbres Pass, Colorado. It was great to see this grove of aspens at it’s peak a week ago, splendid against our stunning southwest sky. We went back a couple of days later when the leaves were more sparse. Conditions in the mountains change rapidly from day to day. Below you’ll find some links I pulled up from previous trips over the Cumbres Pass. Thanks for looking. G

Hillside Aspens, Cumbres Pass

http://geraintsmith.com/tree-grove-sky-cumbres-pass-colorado/

http://geraintsmith.com/the-stand/

Autumn Colors, Columbine Hondo Wilderness, NM

Autumn colors in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness. This is the view out the back door where we live in the mountain hamlet of San Cristobal, New Mexico. We’ll be heading out on some personal trips and multiple day photo tours over the next few weeks to photograph the Autumn colors of northern New Mexico. I still have a few days open if you would like to join me on a personalized photo tour or mini workshop to the areas where the colors are happening. Thanks for looking. G

Autumn Colors, Columbine Hondo Wilderness

Mule Deer Afternoon In Red River, NM

Mule Deer this afternoon in Red River NM. We spotted her munching on the shrubs along the forest road. I reversed up twenty yards, thinking that she’d probably take off and vanish into the trees. She did nothing! She just kept on grazing and chewing the plants that certainly didn’t look appetizing to us, but obviously she knew something we didn’t. The fall colors are finding their way through the trees on the hillsides, a gorgeous lei on the Red River Valley. Thanks for looking. G

Mule Deer Afternoon in Red River NM

Aspen Road, Garcia Park

Aspen road, Garcia Park in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico. The backlighting sets the colors off well but there is still plenty of color to come over the next few weeks. Every day will amount to an “aspencade”. We’ll be checking for stands of color “going off” on the hills and mountainside around Taos, northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The red scrub oak is already accenting the valleys and arroyos. Soon it will be the mighty cottonwoods along the Rio Grande and it’s tributaries. Then all we’ll need is the scent of cedar and piñon smoke in the air in order to round out this little bit of perfection. Thanks for looking. G

Aspen Road, Garcia Park

Italianos Trail, Leaf, Rock, Lichen

Italianos Trail, Leaf, Rock, Lichen in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness. The leaf had landed here, or someone had placed it here, it doesn’t matter. When my son and I hiked here yesterday we saw many reminders that fall is on it’s way. Last week in southern Colorado we saw numerous groves of aspen, high up, starting to catch on a different kind of fire. I have a few days open if anyone is interested in photographing the fall colors on a private photo tour/workshop. Thanks for looking. G

Italianos Trail, Leaf, Rock, Lichen