Bald Eagle, Rio Grande, Cottonwood Tree

Bald Eagle, in a cottonwood tree along the Rio Grande, in Pilar, New Mexico. This image is of the first Bald Eagle spotted this year in the Rio Grande Gorge south of Taos in late November. It was so wonderful to see this bird across the river in the large tree, and, I always wonder if this is one of the eagles I’ve photographed, spending the winters here in previous years. Anyway, it never ceases to excite me when I’m driving along the road through the canyon and there it is! Thanks for looking. G

Bald Eagle, Rio Grande, Cottonwood Tree

Ladder To The Sky, El Prado, NM

Ladder to the sky. In the snow day yesterday we had a lot of fun driving here and there looking for photo ops. This ladder rises over a Mexico import shop in El Prado north of Taos.  The sky had this slight pinkish warmth to it and the ladder reached for the light.  Thanks for looking. G

Ladder To The Sky

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Bus Bench And Wall, Farmington, NM

Bus bench and wall, Farmington, NM. I know there is a bus service in Farmington and I know there are a number of these benches around with matching trash cans. I didn’t see a bus stop sign here, so I figured the bench was ‘the’ sign. It got my attention and I liked all the linear visuals going on. Thanks for looking. G

Bus bench and building Farmington New Mexico

Another bench under different circumstances. Something we’d like to see a lot more of around here in northern New Mexico very soon!

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/december_07/dec_29_07.html

Cerrito Blanco, Abiquiu, New Mexico

Cerrito Blanco, Abiquiu, New Mexico. A favorite spot on a photo tour in Georgia O’Keeffe country along the Rio Chama in Abiquiu. One of the stops at the end of the day on a trip there last week. The river was full and reflecting the grey-blue colors of the winter sky as it weaved it’s way past fields and embankments lined with red willow. Thanks for looking. G

Cerrito Blanco, Abiquiu, New Mexico

The Mansion, El Rito, New Mexico

The Mansion, El Rito, New Mexico. This old home in El Rito, west of Taos on the road to Abiquiu, NM last week, beckoned across the meadow. The exposed adobe bricks in the wall warmed in the 60 degree sunshine. The vine cascading along the balcony caught my eye through the vine weaving it’s way along the boundary fence. What tales this place might tell. While were were stopped making images, a local pulled up, and with great enthusiasm, inquired as to what we knew about history of this place. I referred her to a local who shared with me some weeks ago that it was known as the “mansion” and that’s all I know to this point. Although now I’m intrigued enough and inspired toward further investigation. Thanks for looking. G


The Mansion, El Rito, New Mexico

Flag Over The Tipi, Taos New Mexico

Flag over the tipi Taos, New Mexico. It’s been a busy week here in the studio. Print sales are winging their way around the country. In order to pull images I had to delve into the archives. It filled in some time between making prints and as the prints were coming out of the printer. I found this image from 2009 made at the Taos Tipis on the road to Santa Fe. Thanks for looking. G

Flag over the Taos Tipi

The Mane Thing On The High Road To Taos

The mane thing on the High Road to Taos. As in … I can’t help myself. I see a horse and I have to make an image of it’s mane. I get a portrait of the horse, of course, but invariably I drift over it’s back to it’s mane. This is where it’s soul resides for me. I often stare for ages at this place. I’ve added a couple of links below to images from other encounters. Thanks for looking. G

The Mane Thing On The High Road To Taos

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/february_12/feb_03_12.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_12/oct_30_12.html

Chapel, Talpa, New Mexico

Chapel of Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos Talpa, New Mexico. Time of day and more importantly the time of year, in this case, helped create the resulting image. At this time of year the sun is almost at it’s most southerly. The sky was overcast and the light on the scene was very diffused when we arrived, on this second day of a three day grand tour. I’d already framed up the three black crosses on the chapel, and as I settled on the final composition the sun emerged momentarily from behind the clouds and the little shadow from the cross on the left popped out. The shadow added a further element to a scene I’d pre-visualized, without any more preparation than just showing up at the location. Always prepared to be amazed … thanks for looking. G

Chapel of Nuestra Señora de San Juan de los Lagos

Chevy Hood Ornament, Arroyo Seco

Chevy Hood Ornament, Arroyo Seco, NM. That old Chevrolet truck in Arroyo Seco, parked by Arroyo Seco Mercantile is a feature of the village and great for a photo op. Today we dropped in to Arroyo Seco on a photo tour, and… standing over the hood of the old truck I saw this scene of the hood ornament against the dust, it looked like one of those images of an airplane breaking the sound barrier. Yes… New Mexico is run down and full of decay! Believe it or not this truck still runs in the 4th of July Parade. Drop in sometime. Thanks for looking.G

Chevy hood ornament

Embudo, New Mexico, Cemetery And Shrine

Embudo, New Mexico, Cemetery And Shrine. The hillside shrine, Barrancos Blancos, along highway 68 in hamlet of Embudo, stands resolute, a backdrop for the cemetery. The dirt hills, flanked by the highway to the east and the Rio Grande to the west, look like they should have weathered away by now. Today they still skirt around the cemetery like a guardian and creating a prominent feature of the local landscape. A few people stop their cars and get out and snap a photo. More often than not the traffic whizzes past at speeds that barely allow the occupants a glimpse of the shrine. Not too long ago I parked the car and walked around the site and made this image. I’ve included a link below of a picture from another day for your enjoyment. Thanks for looking. G

Embudo cemetery and shrine

Here’s another image of the location from the highway:

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/july_14/july_08_14.html

Thistle Notes, Baca Park, Taos, New Mexico

Thistle Notes, Baca Park, Taos, New Mexico. Yes… I wondered what tunes the wind might play through these musical note-like, dried thistles. I thought of the dark background as black as a Steinway Piano. The dry leaves on the stalks made me think of treble and bass clefs on a page of music. In my mind I could here Mozart on the ivories. Thanks for looking and continuing to join me here on my photo of the day. G

Thistle Notes, Baca Park, Taos, New Mexico

Shadow Rails And Stairway

Shadow rails and stairway, Cuchillo, NM. I liked the decay emphasized by the shadows of the handrail creating a kind of filigree look to the scene. One of the first images I made on film in my teens, was of the long shadows cast from trash cans across the stubby shadows of a cobble stone alley in Yorkshire, England. As you can imagine it was a contrasty, high key, harsh look, the exact opposite of this softer more inviting, gentler look. Again … thanks for looking. G

Shadow Rails And Stairway