Locoweed Flower, the showy kind (Oxytropis splendens) in the Valle Vidal, NM. Back in the high country with more wild flowers and water. Lots of it! Thanks for looking. G
Corral, Valle Vidal, Valley of Life, in the high country of northern New Mexico. I can’t seem to stay away from this gorgeous, pristine spot on the planet, with many reasons to return over the next few months. I feel sure this old lichen strewn, wood corral will feature some more on future trips, so stay tuned. Thanks for looking. G
Earth, Sky, reflecting in the lake. Here’s a favorite poem.
“Clambering up the Cold Mountain path,
The Cold Mountain trail goes on and on:
The long gorge choked with scree and boulders,
The wide creek, the mist-blurred grass.
The moss is slippery, though there’s been no rain
The pine sings, but there’s no wind.
Who can leap the world’s ties
And sit with me among the white clouds?”
Thanks for looking. G
Tres Amigos, Comanche Point, at the confluence of Comanche Creek and Costilla Creek in the Valle Vidal. From our photo trek this week up in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. It was a good day, beautiful weather, full of photo ops and camaraderie. Join me on a photo trek to the high country. Thanks for looking. G
Costilla Creek, Rio Costilla Park, northern New Mexico. A beautiful day in the high country with two photographers. Morning in the San Luis Valley and an afternoon along Costilla Creek with rushing waters, alpine meadows of wild iris, mountain lakes and great company. Here’s a cell phone photo of Costilla Creek as it rushes headlong from the mountains, and into the Rio Grande. Thanks for looking. G
Bull Elk, watcher in the woods. Here’s the big fella from our trip to the mountains last Monday. He had two females in tow and was certainly intent on keeping us under his watchful eye. Life in the high country. Can’t seem to get enough of it. Thanks for looking. G
Rio Costilla Park, Northern New Mexico. The Rio Costilla was flowing with gusto in the mountains yesterday. We caught the last light creeping up the rocks of the canyon walls, casting shadows and reflected light onto the river. If you get a chance to visit this area I highly recommend it. Or join me on a photo tour in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains this summer. Thanks for looking. G
Comanche Point, Valle Vidal, NM. On a photo tour today in the Valle Vidal (Valley of Life) at Comanche Point where the Rio Costilla and Comanche Creek meet. The temps were in the low 30’s F. and the windchill ten degrees colder. Flocks of Cowbirds, Mountain Bluebirds, and Robins were in abundance, impervious to the snow and cold. By noon the snow was gone. The wind eased up by mid afternoon as we photographed hawks, wild horses and old homesteads in the San Luis Valley. By the end of day 6oº F felt positively tropical. Thanks for looking. G
Born in a barn on the High Road to Taos. I’ll keep it short for the next few days. Stay tuned for a change of scenery. But I have to say, the “key lime pie” at the Plaza Hotel in Las Vegas NM is delicious. It probably wont be the last piece over the next few days. Thanks for looking. G
Osprey, Rio Costilla Park, northern NM. I’ve seen this bird here a couple of times over the last few weeks. Today it played tag with us on the Rio Costilla. At one point we lost sight of it. As we drove west, scrutinizing the cliffs, the high sun suddenly cast this raptors shadow onto the sun roof, across the hood and down the road ahead of us. The game was back on. When we caught sight of it again it had alighted on a snag, just off camera in this shot. Soon thereafter, something other than us grabbed it’s attention, which was when I made this image. Thank you so much for your attention. G
High Country, Old Corral. I always like to stop here on trips to the Valle Vidal. To contemplate the past and to wonder about those who used this corral in it’s heyday. Today the lichen creeps along the containment rails and posts. It hasn’t corralled any cattle for many years. The cattle now roam freely on the surrounding hills. Thanks for looking. G
Hawk-Media, High Country Visitor Guide to the Southern Rockies 2018 cover image. I’ve had the privilege of working with Hawk-Media for many years. This is the current issue of High Country with my cover image of Malachi Tsoodle-Nelson, Kiowa, Navajo, Taos Pueblo, Delaware made at the Santa Fe Indian Market. This issue also includes many other images illustrating articles from this area. Clicking on the following link will take you to the online version. High Country 2018. Or you can pick up a hard copy at locations around northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Thanks for looking. G