Cottonwood, red willows and mountain snows, the latter making for a good start to winter. The earth and sky inseparable. The cottonwood leaves, touched by the breeze, grace the ground and gild the red willows, that line the acequia, like ornaments. In spring the ancient irrigation channels will deliver the snow melt, rushing from the mountains, to the fields and trees in the valley. As winter takes a deeper hold, the pace slows, the days grow shorter and life retreats within, for what the Irish writer John O’Donohue refers to as “spring secretly at work within the heart of winter” of restoration and rejuvenation. Thanks for looking. G
John O’Donohue: Thresholds
Cottonwood Red Willows Mountain Snow – 2614
Sangre de Cristo Mountains dwarfing the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
“The large, main dune-field covers approximately 30 square miles, but there are many more square miles of smaller dunes in the sand sheet surrounding the main dune-field. At the widest point, the main dune-field runs six miles and at the greatest length, eight miles. Great Sand Dunes has the tallest dunes in North America. The Star Dune rises 755 feet from its base to its crest. The “High Dune” on the first ridge rises 699 feet from its base, but because it starts on higher ground, its crest is higher above sea level that of Star Dune.” National Park Service.
Some of the peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains are over 6000 feet higher reaching over 14,000 feet in height. All details aside, this stunning location across the San Luis Valley is fabulous for viewing the Sangre de Cristos in the southern Rockies and Great Sand Dunes together. Thanks for looking. G
The Rio Chama as it passes through the village of Abiquiu, New Mexico. Standing on the banks of this river I realize what draws me to a particular location is the same force that moves the river from the mountains through the canyons, across the desert and finally to the sea. I feel propelled forward as the clouds assist the composition. Thanks for looking. G
An evening pastoral scene in the meadows, (El Prado) on the north side of Taos. I can always be persuaded by the quiet nature of this pastoral scene, to pull over, get out of the car, breathe in the air, soak up the atmosphere, and make an image of what I felt, not always what I see. Thanks for looking. G
Full moon rise over Vallecito Peak in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico. That big beautiful moon yesterday. It is not hard to predict the moons point of rising. I’ve been doing this for many years. I look back through my archives for a particular month and from that I can pretty much pin point the spot, as in this case yesterday evening. For an unfamiliar location there are many apps available online. Thanks for looking. G
At a bend on the Rio Chama in Abiquiu NM. A warm and clear winters day. I love the subtle colors of a New Mexico winter. I can honestly say I love winter photography excursions. For one thing I am mostly alone with my thoughts and camera. With no distractions and when the mind clears the images come. This image actually accounts for 1/1000 of a second of my day. The rest of the time was spent in a form of meditation of which this image is the appreciation of that moment. Thanks for looking. G
Winter photo tour clients on photo tours in Abiquiu, the Rio Grande Gorge, and southern Colorado.
Andy Wilson on a three day Abiquiu and the Rio Chama valley tour
Chris on the Red Rock tour in Georgia O’Keeffe country around Abiquiu and the Rio Chama Valley.
Mike working with moving water on the Rio Pueblo.
John on a southern Colorado winter photo tour of abandoned spaces and winter landscapes.
Just a few of the hundred or so wild horses we photographed on a wild horse photo tour in southern Colorado last month. The young foal was born a couple of days before.
International truck, under the cottonwoods and in the shadow of Cerrito Blanco, Abiquiu, New Mexico. It’s been for sale for quite some time now. I’ve been on many photo tours out there in the last year watching its demise. It is deteriorating fast and going to ground, literally. Thanks for looking. G
From the red willows to the mountain. Taos Mountain. One of the most gorgeous views of the sacred mountain, and home of the “Red Willow People” Taos Pueblo. The snow was an added bonus when the clouds cleared this afternoon and the welcomed moisture. Thanks for looking. G
Here’s another view from a ten years ago.
Cerro Pedernal (Georgia O’Keeffe’s mountain) through the rock pools at Abiquiu Lake. Always on the look out for new views everywhere… putting the camera on the ground reveals a composition I hadn’t discovered before. I like to look at the creations of painters and sculptors as my main inspiration. Perhaps I’ll take up painting one day soon… the studio is already full with pieces of sculpture. I’m very fortunate to be continually connected, daily, to the natural environment. I am nature! Thanks for looking. G
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
Red Canoe, on the winter pond in Arroyo Hondo. A beautiful warm sunny day in this corner of the planet today. Started out at 19 degrees fahrenheit and climbed to 56 degrees fahrenheit by mid afternoon… at the end of January. Too warm for a jacket. I thought this canoe warmed up this scene, I drive by a few times each week, very nicely. Thanks for looking. G