Spotlight On The Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Spotlight on the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, in particular, Vallecito Peak. It’s easy to drive by this scene, though not these last couple of weeks. The mountain calls! It not only calls, but when I do drive by and forget to stop, it often seems to tap me on the shoulder as if to say, “here look!”. In this case we were heading home when one thing and another conspired to get our attention. A cloud to the west created a perfect funnel causing the light to traverse the ridge until it finally settled on the snowy peak where it spotlighted the stage, lingering there for the final bow. The light slowly faded, the curtain came down and the play was over. We waited for a little while longer and then went home. It was a show to remember.  Thanks for looking at another photo of this particular mountain that desired my attention. G

Spotlight The Sangre De Cristo Mountains

Grand View, Moonrise Over Vallecito Peak

Grand view of thanksgiving eve moon rising over Vallecito Peak, in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. I wanted to share this grand view that we saw from the highway that runs north – south  from where we live, across the mesa, toTaos. Here’s the image I posted from that day. This expansive scene captivated me upon a second review of the shots I made after I stitched these three images together. It’s a big, beautifully panorama of the mountains of northern New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Grand Vista, Moonrise Over Vallecito Peak

Gorgeous Moonrise, Vallecito Peak

Gorgeous moonrise over Vallecito Peak in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. The moon rose over the subdued rosy hues of the snowy peak. It climbed slowly and deliberately, creeping inch by inch until it cleared the snow-capped peak. Finally it appeared to linger for a moment, and glimmered like a giant pearl, as it kissed the crest adieu. A beautiful end to a gorgeous day in New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Gorgeous Moonrise Over Vallecito Peak

Columbine Hondo Wilderness

Columbine Hondo Wilderness in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico. This is what I see on my commute, when I make a commute. This is what I see from our valley. This scene is what I see when I walk out of the local market. My bucket list…?  Don’t have one!  Heading out tomorrow in the new fallen snow we are getting today. Stay tuned for more images. Thanks for looking. G

Columbine Hondo Wilderness

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

Morning Clouds San Cristobal, NM

Morning clouds rising over an old adobe home, cottonwoods and the national forest, in the San Cristobal Valley, NM. I went out to watch the moon set across the plateau. I decided to drive up into the foothills for a better view and found this scene in the valley. The moon had vanished into the clouds on the western horizon. This was the payoff. Thanks for looking. G

Morning Clouds San Cristobal, NM

Morning Clouds, San Cristobal, NM – 2096


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

Forest Road In The Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Forest road in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Walking around this grove I saw whole epistles carved into the tree trunks. Someone’s undying this or that. Pledges for life. Who loves who and on what date. Except the trees, they have to wear this brand for a long time until the words expand into scars no longer decipherable as any language. I wonder how many trees will outlive the relationships professed to here in the woods. Thanks for looking. G

Forest Road In The Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Full Harvest Moon, San Cristobal, NM

Full Harvest Moon rise, over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, from San Cristobal, NM. Cutting right through some haze for the first few moments as it rose and then boom… it was crystal clear. I liked this image because I can still see the the ridge line of the mountains giving the whole scene context. Now, time to put on a jacket and wander out to sit and bath in the moonlight, sip a little whiskey and ponder all the beauty out there. Thanks for looking. G

Full Harvest Moon, San Cristobal, NM