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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Cottonwood, Red Willows, Mountain Snow

Cottonwood, red willows and mountain snows, the latter making for a good start to winter. The earth and sky inseparable. The cottonwood leaves, touched by the breeze, grace the ground and gild the red willows, that line the acequia, like ornaments. In spring the ancient irrigation channels will deliver the snow melt, rushing from the mountains, to the fields and trees in the valley. As winter takes a deeper hold, the pace slows, the days grow shorter and life retreats within, for what the Irish writer John O’Donohue refers to as “spring secretly at work within the heart of winter” of restoration and rejuvenation. Thanks for looking. G

Cottonwood, Red Willows, Mountain Snow

John O’Donohue: Thresholds

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Mountain Meadow Cottonwood, Taos NM

Mountain meadow cottonwood, Taos NM. Here is a tree, with an arrow on Highway 64 to get your attention in case you didn’t see it. We stopped here today to make some images of this young cottonwood. I’ve been watching it for the last week. Today, it was really glowing with the mountain meadow as a backdrop. This was the second stop on a two day mini photography workshop. I love what I do, I’m very fortunate and grateful. Thanks for looking. G

Mountain Meadow Cottonwood, Taos NM

Sangre De Cristo Foothills, Lama, NM

Sangre De Cristo foothills, near Lama, NM. We caught the end of the day’s light as the sun peeped out from a letterbox opening on the horizon. Besides the lighting, the landscape was looking very lush and a little bit tropical during this summer’s monsoons. Not to bad for an area that burned 22 years ago in the “Hondo Fire”. Thanks for looking. G

Sangre De Cristo Foothills, Lama, NM

Backroads, Northern New Mexico

Backroads, off Highway 64, near Hopewell Lake, northern New Mexico. As the rain didn’t come to us, we went to the rain. It was heavy through the mountains and torrential heading north to Chama, NM. When we pulled off the highway and drove down this road I was wishing I had brought the single malt. All we were missing besides was the heather. Thanks for looking. G

Backroads, Northern New Mexico

Columbine Hondo Wilderness Rainbow

Columbine Hondo Wilderness Rainbow. There was a moment this evening when I suspected a rainbow but we were also hoping for a significant, almost full, moon rise. So we made a drive into the foothills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, under the waning light of a brooding New Mexico sky. There was a rainbow, it wasn’t huge, but on the drive through the Carson National Forest the landscape was beautiful and damp, the hills, for a moment reminded me of Wales. The rain diminished for a couple of hours since then. It’s back now, pounding on the steel roof and sparkling in the porch light. The air is fresh and a wonderful cool breeze is passing through the hallways in the house. I’m optimistic I’ll still see the moon. Thanks for looking. G

Columbine Hondo Wilderness Rainbow