Snow, Sunflower Sunset, San Cristobal

Snow, Sunflower Sunset, San Cristobal, New Mexico. The snow was still falling, the sun bust out through a momentary gap in the clouds. The light in the valley turned into these beautiful peach tones. And like I said a couple of days ago “the San Cristobal Valley melted under a glowing sunset, through the falling snow.” This was it. Thanks for looking. G

Snow, Sunflower Sunset

San Luis Valley, Winter Lake

San Luis Valley winter lake, Colorado. When the weather gets bad and blizzards are imminent, it’s time to get into the truck and head out. When we woke this morning and saw the snow and the forecast for the rest of the day, we wasted no time in loading up the gear and heading out … north. We ran into numerous blizzard conditions and loved every minute of the day. That white spot on the top left is the sun almost breaking through the clouds… and then it was gone. When we got home, and with a glass of whiskey in hand, the San Cristobal Valley melted under a glowing sunset, through the falling snow. Thanks for looking. G

San Luis Valley Lake

Winter Notes On A Fence

Winter notes on a fence. I’m walking along, looking at nature all around me. It’s the first snow of winter; the forecast says there is more on the way this weekend. It’s not surprising to me that I’m preoccupied with the beauty of it all. As the land rises alongside the trail, the fence line comes into view, the imposition of us humans on the natural environment. It is charming and beautiful in its own way. It reminds me that I am standing between the natural and man made elements; the two are undeniably inseparable, it comes from the same place and thrills me, and as Carl Sagan said, “we are all star stuff!” Thanks for looking. G

Winter Notes On A Fence

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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Nature’s Winter Ornament

Nature’s winter ornament Baca Park, Taos, New Mexico. There’s no shortage of pristine moments on the trail. Evidence of the season abound, scenes created from nature’s passion and zest, over tinsel, blinking lights and festooning garlands. At this time of year, a walk in the woods is as close as it gets to life affirming everything. Walking in the wetlands this morning, following an overnight snow fall, I found this gem of a scene. The weight of the snow on the stem of the leaf reminded me of how tenuous is life. The snow fall aids the cycle of life, the tree grows stronger from the lack of leaves, it shuts down, gathers it’s inner strength and ultimately blasts into spring. When I need any more affirmation, I put on a recording of Edward Elgar’s Enigma Variations. Happy Holidays. Thank you for looking. G

Nature's Winter Ornament

Corn Woman Of Vallecito Peak

Corn Woman of Vallecito Peak, the mountains of Taos, New Mexico. Yes! it snowed today and when the clouds lifted we got to see how much. In this image the shape of the pine trees in the bowl of the mountain resembles a woman sowing the corn seeds, hence, corn woman. Others say it’s “weaver woman” and other folks amongst us with a sense of humor, say it’s “Olive Oyl”. What do you think? Anyway… as I was saying, it snowed, which made for a gorgeous day. Thanks for looking. G

Corn Woman Of Vallecito Peak

Here are a few other images from the archives:

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/january_15/january_05_15.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/april_14/april_30_14.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/january_12/jan_02_12.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/december_11/dec_10_11.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_10/march_02_10.html

Ute Mountain Emerges

Ute 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’s another image of Ute.

Ute mountain emerges from the clouds

Raptor Nest In The San Luis Valley, 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.

Raptor nest bare tree hawk nest in colorado

Old Martina’s Hall

Old Martina’s Hall, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. A play on words: Old Martinez Hall now Old Martina’s Hall. Martina being the new owner. I’ve driven by this building for a while now and the sculptural lines have always fascinated me. In the past, I’ve made images of the “Old Martinez Hall” and purchased beer at the now defunct drive up liquor window before the state rightfully banned drive up liquor  windows. On this occasion, I can safely say, it was the snow accentuating the sculptured form of the building that caught my eye as I drove past. Thanks for looking. G

Old Martina's Hall, snow on the stairs at the old Martinas Hall, ranchos de taos, nm