Cave View, New Mexico Back Country

Yesterday, Pami, myself and friends, Chris and Carla, made a trip to beyond, the back of beyond. We have future plans for more trips back, to the back of beyond. Much of the trip was spent driving Arroyo del Cobre, north of Abiquiu, NM. The arroyo narrowed considerably, until, what can marginally be called a road clambered out of it to a bench. After more sandy driving and choking dust we arrived at an artesian spring in a boggy meadow. Later, we visited an ancient petrified river bed and this shady ledge with a cave, probably dug many years ago by a prospector. There are camps and hunting grounds of indigenous peoples, strewn with artifacts, in this land of red rocks. These days, hundreds of bonsai junipers and tranquility abide. Chris said “we are geological time travelers”.  Thanks, Chris and Carla for being our guides. Thanks everyone for looking. G

Cave view, New Mexico back country

 

New Mexico True, back country

 

Artesian Spring

 

Petrified river bed

 

Petrified river bed

 

Bonsai Juniper

 

Rio Chama Overlook, Abiquiu, NM

Rio Chama overlook, in Abiquiu, NM. Lets stay in this area one more day. It’s greening up in northern New Mexico. It’s not looking quite like this just yet but it’s getting there. That means spring is here and that’s a good thing. I can feel the days warming up, with milder evenings where the wind has second thoughts. This place on the Rio Chama is a favorite stop on many photo tours. You can see why. Thanks for looking. G

Rio Chama overlook, in Abiquiu, NM. Lets stay in this area one more day. It's greening up in northern New Mexico.

Comanche Point, Valle Vidal, NM

Comanche Point, Valle Vidal, NM. On a photo tour today in the Valle Vidal (Valley of Life) at Comanche Point where the Rio Costilla and Comanche Creek meet. The temps were in the low 30’s F. and the windchill ten degrees colder. Flocks of Cowbirds, Mountain Bluebirds, and Robins were in abundance, impervious to the snow and cold. By noon the snow was gone. The wind eased up by mid afternoon as we photographed hawks, wild horses and old homesteads in the San Luis Valley. By the end of day 6oº F felt positively tropical. Thanks for looking. G

Comanche Point, Valle Vidal, NM

Moon Set South West Of Taos

Moon set south west of Taos this morning. We left before dawn for Santa Fe. Although we had to get up earlier than usual we were accompanied by the very large setting moon. It appeared stranded, poised to enter the “belt of Venus” the earths shadow cast on the sky, (the blue band) and Cerro Pedernal. Cerro Pedernal is the flat top mountain in distance, familiar landmark in Abiquiu, Georgia O’Keeffe country. We were flanked by the moon for twenty more miles before it vanished in the ether. It was a beautiful start to the day. Thanks for looking. G

Moon set South West Of Taos

Bighorn Sheep Ram, Rio Grande Gorge Rim

Bighorn Sheep ram, on the rim in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. The Bighorn Sheep were a “big” feature on a photo tour/workshop today on the Sites of Taos, the Rio Grande Gorge and Beyond. It was a grand day, filled with spectacular clouds, New Mexico blue skies, rain, hail, and snow, all in good company and image making. Thanks to my guest photographers and thanks for looking. G

Bighorn Sheep Ram, Rio Grande Gorge Rim

Taos Volcanic Field Sunset

Taos Volcanic Field Sunset. A momentary glimpse of the sunset. A moment and it was gone. Then the hail came and whitened the land. Overnight it turned to hoar frost. By breakfast it was gone and by noon it made it into the low fifties. Spring is a misnomer … spring would be better referred to as “changeling” a season of change, as nothing is sprung as of yet! Thanks for looking. G

Taos Volcanic Field Sunset

Spring In The Rocky Mountains

Spring in the Rocky Mountains (Sangre de Cristos) the Moreno Valley. How quickly the weather changes at this time of year during spring. In the space of a few miles and thirty minutes later after lunch the difference follows the old adage… if you don’t like the weather in New Mexico, wait five minutes. In this instance the wind and snow became a blizzard. By the mid afternoon it was gone! Thanks for looking. G

Spring in the Rocky Mountains (Sangre de Cristos)

Spring in the Rocky Mountains the Moreno Valley