Swainson’s Hawk, San Luis Valley

Swainson's Hawk

Swainson's HawkSwainson’s Hawk, San Luis Valley, Colorado. We stumbled across this beautiful creature and made a few images while it let me know, in no uncertain terms, that I was encroaching on it’s nesting territory. There were many hawks this day and any approach seemed to entice them from the nest, to abandon the chicks in order to distract us intruders. We moved on and left them to their familial duties.

Ute Mountain Emerges

Ute mountain emerges from the cloudsUte Mountain emerges from the clouds after last weekend’s snow storm. Ute Mountain is north of Taos on the road to Colorado and often appears protruding, fin like, moving through the clouds. It also creates it’s own weather system. I’ve often seen rain and snow falling solely on the dome of this extinct volcano, a major geological feature in the Taos Volcanic Field/Plateau. Here is another image of Ute Mountain.

Raptor Nest In The San Luis Valley, Colorado.

bare tree hawk nest in colorado
Raptor nest in the San Luis Valley, Colorado. Although this tree has fallen and the nest is close to the ground, from time to time, I come across images that remind me of what a great location this is. Over the many years that I’ve conducted photo tours in this area my guests really respond to it’s location, it’s serenity and vastness. Here is another view of the nest on a winters night when we made a trip there under the full moon.