Old Wooden Cross, Cemetery, In Questa, NM

Old wooden cross in a cemetery, Questa, New Mexico. I can’t pass up a cemetery. I like to stop in at every opportunity. The peace and solitude among the headstones, where even the highway traffic noise fades, I find myself reading the family names. I’m able to glean some insight into the local community. The inscriptions tell me who served in the military; how many grandmothers will be sorely missed by so many. I see the names of mothers, sons, daughters, babies who have left too soon.
I grew up in the “old country across the pond”. We lived a hundred yards from an ancient cemetery at a church mentioned in the Doomsday Book. For all the mossy, lichen, creepy vine adorned headstones, I never felt akin to any of the long dead. In those graveyards, the headstones were a novelty. The oldest, being from umpteen centuries ago, became hide and seek locations in a place where even the ghosts died and stayed hidden!
It could be the proximity to a recent past, standing there feeling the fresh air, surrounded by the names of those still loved in living memory, that makes me feel I belong here. Thanks for looking. G

Wooden Cross, Cemetery, Questa, NM

Venus, Crescent Moon, Sangre De Cristos

Venus and the Crescent Moon this morning over the Sangre De Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. There was peace and quiet at six o’clock as Venus and the crescent moon slipped silently above the slumbering pine ridge into the crystal clear lavender dawn. I had the camera shutter on silent mode so as to preserve the lingering tranquility in the frosty air, my breath fogged the LCD. A few more frames and it was time for the local rooster’s wake up call. It didn’t come! My neighbors turkey beat him to it and let out a blood curdling gobble, gobble, gobble, that echoed around the valley. Time for a cup of tea.  Below is an image of the moon as it crested the tree line five minutes earlier. Thanks for looking. G

Venus, Crescent Moon, Sangre De Cristos

Crescent Moon, Sangre De Cristos

Clearing Storm, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

Clearing storm, on the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, of northern NM. I don’t have to go very far from home to see a scene like this. It’s just a short walk down to the lower acreage. After a night of rain, that continued throughout today as well, it was great to watch the lingering clouds gradually lift and work their way along the ridge lines. When a momentary shaft of sunlight lit up some of peaks, I made a few images and called it a day. Thanks for looking. G

Clearing Storm, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

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

Harvest Moon Rising Over Taos Pueblo

The almost full Harvest Moon rising over the Sangre de Cristo foothills at the Taos Pueblo, New Mexico. I waited ten minutes at this location along the highway through El Prado, watching amidst roaring traffic noise, waiting with the camera trained on this spot where the phone app said the moon will rise. The app was correct and I made a sequence of images from the moment it peeped over the trees. As it rose all noise from the highway seemed to cease. I heard birds and crickets and the sound of a light breeze in the trees. The moon silenced my world in that moment. Thanks for looking and continuing to look. G

Harvest Moon Rising Over Taos Pueblo

Warp, Reed, Loom, Weft, Weave

Warp, Reed, Loom, Weft. We spent almost three hours today at Tres Estrellas Designs in Taos, New Mexico. Our hosts, Chris and Carla Ferguson, regaled us with stories, anecdotes,wisdom and a wealth of knowledge on Hispanic and Indigenous Textiles of Old Mexico. They also have a large collection of Navajo weavings, including exquisite “Chiefs Blankets” from the 1800’s. There is also an original Edward S. Curtis photo gravure of “Navajo Riders in Canyon de Chelly”. I found a serape that I like very much. I might have to put that next camera on hold. Carla was working on the loom while we spoke. I put the camera into the loom for this image. Here’s Tres Estrellas Design’s Facebook page. If you have a moment please check it out. If you are in Taos and want to step into another world of textiles, visit the gallery at 208-A Ranchitos Rd. Taos, NM 87571.  575-7703262. I recommend it. Thanks for looking. G

Warp, Reed, Loom, Weft

Perseid Meteor Shower, Milky Way

Perseid Meteor Shower, Milky Way. Well, one meteor on this particular night and we only saw five all told. I had used Mars to set the camera focus point when this resulting image occurred. The fireball at the lower end combines with Mars for an obliterating effect in its termination. The streak above to the right is caused by the flashing lights of an airplane. I had meant to post this image a few days ago after it happened. My apologies. Thanks for looking. G

Perseid Meteor Shower and Milky Way

Here’s another image from August 13, 2016.

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