Sandhill Crane, Monte Vista NWR

Sandhill Crane, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Colorado. I love these birds. They look like descendent’s of  prehistoric dinosaurs. A pterodactyl perhaps? A nice warm day at the refuge. Thanks for looking. G

Sandhill Crane, Monte Vista NWR

More images of Sandhill Cranes.

https://geraintsmith.com/sandhill-cranes-sunset-marshes/

https://geraintsmith.com/flight-sandhill-crane-bosque-del-apache/

https://geraintsmith.com/evening-fly-bosque-del-apache/

https://geraintsmith.com/juvenile-golden-eagle-sandhill-cranes/

https://geraintsmith.com/sandhill-cranes-heading-north/

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_15/march_03_15.html

http://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/november_15/nov_15_15.html

Monarch Of The Hay Bales

Monarch of the hay bales, San Luis Valley. I firmly believe this is a Swainson’s Hawk, as it wasn’t sporting a red tail in the the next few shots after it lifted off and soared to the west. These bales were a field of wheat a week ago. This raptor didn’t waste any time ensconcing itself on the highest vantage point in it’s dominion of the farms and fields in the San Luis Valley. Thanks for looking. G

Monarch of the hay bales

Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk

Juvenile Swainson’s Hawk, San Luis Valley Colorado. This young bird had a lot to say, one of many raptors on a photo tour in southern Colorado and northern New Mexico. Hearing a hawk screaming is powerful and resonates long after the echo’s of the screeching fades. It stirs up the senses like something known and recognizable from our ancient past. It’s that way for me. Thanks for looking. G

Juvenile Swainson's Hawk

Western Kingbird On The Wire, Colorado

Western Kingbird on the wire southern Colorado. We were driving along and this bird kept bopping along just ahead of us. As soon as I would stop the car and level the camera, it would pop off to the next section of fence. After four attempts it appeared to be enjoying the game. On the fifth time, it waited for us on the fence line and I got off five frames, only to take off again in to the field and beyond. Thanks for looking. G

Western Kingbird on the wire

Evening Coyote In The Long Grasses

Evening Coyote in the long grasses, in a meadow in southern Colorado. I love it when the coyote stops and stares and decides we are just as interesting to him as he is to us. We were, transfixed, during this brief, eye to eye encounter with this animal. In the words of Tony Hillerman “Coyote Watches”, he does, but, I feel sure he saw us long before we saw him! Thanks for looking. G

Evening Coyote In The Long Grasses

State Line Road New Mexico, Colorado Border

State Line Road New Mexico, Colorado Border. Out where we can see for miles in all directions watching the storms build, and where shadows race down the dirt roads ahead of us, is fast becoming a favorite photo tour location and a vast sanctuary for me. Come out for July and August to a northern New Mexico and southern Colorado summer. The fires have diminished. The monsoon rains embellish the afternoons with storms and rainbows and the evenings end with a classic western sunset. Thanks for looking. G

State Line Road New Mexico, Colorado Border

High Country Visitor Guide 2018

Hawk-Media, High Country Visitor Guide to the Southern Rockies 2018 cover image. I’ve had the privilege of working with Hawk-Media for many years. This is the current issue of High Country with my cover image of Malachi Tsoodle-Nelson, Kiowa, Navajo, Taos Pueblo, Delaware made at the Santa Fe Indian Market. This issue also includes many other images illustrating articles from this area. Clicking on the following link will take you to the online version. High Country 2018. Or you can pick up a hard copy at locations around northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. Thanks for looking. G

Hawk Media High Country magazine cover image

Spring Photo Tours/Workshops

Spring Photo Tours/Workshops. I just completed more than a dozen trips with photographers, sharing with them the locations I know and love. It has been a great pleasure working with so many photographers with varied, personal visions, on composition and lighting, in landscapes, nature, architecture and an occasional portrait. Below are images of a few of my guests.

Southern Colorado Photo workshop

Southern Colorado Photo Tour

Abiquiu photo tour

Abiquiu and Rio Chama Photo Tour

Abiquiu photo tour

Three Day Grand Tour/Sites of Taos

Abiquiu photo tour

Three Day Grand Tour/Sites of Taos with Rainbows over the Taos Valley

Ocate photo workshop

On the road in Ocate New Mexico, during the Spring 2018 Photo Workshop.

Abiquiu photo tour

On the road in (literally) in Abiquiu, New Mexico, during the Spring 2018 Photo Workshop.

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At the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge. Spring 2018 Photo Workshop.

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At the old trucks in El Prado. Spring 2018 Photo Workshop.

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Group photo at the old trucks in El Prado. Spring 2018 Photo Workshop.

 

Next, I am hitting the road on a photo road trip with two photographers to Eastern Arizona, SE Utah, and the four corners area of New Mexico.

Arizona, SE Utah sunrise

 

If you would like to sign up for dates from now through summer and fall please visit my photo tour page and drop me a line: geraint@geraintsmith.com or call: 505-501-4880. And… please remember it’s never too early to sign up for winter and next years dates when you may be thinking of visiting. I look forward to hearing from you and working with you in New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Abiquiu summer photo tours

Thank you to all my new photographer friends who have joined me on a photo tour/workshop. Geraint

San Luis Valley Homestead #24

San Luis Valley Homestead #24 in the abandoned buildings and homesteads series. I love the sense of serenity I find in this place amongst all the ghosts. I’ve been working on this project for the last six years. Quite a number of the buildings are no longer standing. Some are in a state of continuing decline, and there is no trace of others. I’ll continue to share images in this project here on my website. Thanks for looking. G

San Luis Valley Homestead #24

Alamosa Railyards, Colorado

Ghostly drapes on the “Minnesota Zephyr, Stillwater Carriage” in the Alamosa Railyards, Colorado. It is eerie to walk between the carriages and see the remnants from a bygone era. I can imagine the travelers on the train looking out the windows as the scenery went by, their eyes full of wonder, where ever they were heading. Here are more details on the train from Wikipedia. Thanks for looking. G

Alamosa Railyards, Colorado

Wild Horses, Southern Colorado

A band of wild horses and foal in southern colorado. A month earlier when first spotted, on a photo tour, the foal could only have been two or three days old. Two days ago, exactly one month since the first encounter with the band, we observed a very healthy young foal thoroughly at ease with the cold temperatures and keeping up with the band. A delight to see as foals born here in the wild, in winter, have a slim chance of survival. Thanks for looking. G

Wild Horses southern colorado photo tour


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White House White Out

White house white out. Well… in honor of the snow that just started falling here in San Cristobal… and in the hope that it keeps falling all night and for the next few days (unlikely, but …), I thought I would post this image that gives a feeling of what it usually should look like, around here, in early February. I also really like this image with the colorful Chamisa plant growing in the pathway. Thanks for looking. G

White House White Out


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Rio Grande Winter, Southern Colorado

Rio Grande ice and red willows, southern Colorado. Winter is here, where the Rio Grande Gorge begins. When I come across a pristine scene like this and the snow is beginning to fall, the river ice is expanding daily and the red willows are glowing on the river banks … well I just want to shout … “welcome winter. it’s about time.” It’s been a while since we saw temperatures of anything near what they should be at this time of year. Well, they are here now! Thanks for looking. G

Rio Grande Ice southern Colorado