Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

This waterfall ran for a week fourteen years ago. I shot a number of images on February 14, 2008. I went back with a friend the next day after the sun came out. We had fun scrambling over the rocks. It was unusual that the temps reached 60º F that day. The snow melted and I was told by a BLM ranger that a small dam had broken above the falls. He said that the previous time he saw it flowing anywhere near to this force was twenty-six years earlier. It was a sight to behold. (Click to enlarge images).

Waterfall, Orilla Verde
Seasonal Waterfall, Orilla Verde, Valentines Day, 2008

I delved into the archives for this one. The tree held on for quite a while. It’s gone now. Of course, Cerro Pedernal is still looming large over the surrounding landscape. I shot this from the Rio Chama river road to the Desert Monastery.

Cerro Pedernal tree
Cerro Pedernal from the Rio Chama river road.

Sitting in the same folder as the image above was this image from long ago. I think I recall the plant in a pot my daughter had on a windowsill.


It snowed a couple of times in the last month, so I got out and looked for an appropriate location. This building is in Costilla, New Mexico on the Colorado State Line.

Snow-bound house
Snow-bound house, inside and out.

Snow-capped Yarrow plant in the garden. All the yarrow lost their caps in the warm weather over the last couple of days. It was a pretty sight while it lasted.

Snow topped Yarrow
Snow-capped Yarrow plant in the garden.
Yarrow and Grasses
Yarrow and Grasses

One of my favorite portraits shot on Kodachrome 64, scanned and converted to black and white. I shot this on Christmas day at Taos Pueblo during the Matachines dance in the late 1980s.

Taos pueblo elder
Taos Pueblo Elder

I have a lot of fun making these blog posts. I hope you enjoy them. Thank you for all the comments and compliments. I really appreciate it. As always, thank you for looking. G

29 thoughts on “A bit of this and that!”

  1. That waterfall shot looks like where Jo & I hike in from above to see the petroglyphs…this perspective appears to be from the road below, “que no”…?

    • Hi John, yes it was from the road that crosses right there, but we scrambled around on the rocks to get this shot. Thank you, John. I hope you are well. G

  2. I wonder what it must have been like to be in awe of a certain artist back in the day- say an Ansel Adams or a Georgia Okeefe. I did study photography one semester or year at Phoenix College and Allen Dutton was the course professor. He came out with a curious book in the seventies I think called “the Great Stone Tit”. An interesting mix of humans and rock formations.

    Well now I know the connectedness of which I ponder. Thank you for your presentations and keep up the good work!!

    • Thank you, Robert. When I came across the image this time, looking at it, I felt the moment present as if it were yesterday. Cheers, Robert. G

  3. You photo of of the succulent on your daughters window sill, I think is named a “paddle cactus”. Such an evocative image.

  4. I so enjoy looking at and admiring all your photos particularly the B/W. Back in the day before digital I nearly always shot in B/W, I had my own dark room and loved developing and printing.
    The shot of Perdernal is spectacular and I love the snow house, and the yarrow and grasses possible my favorite of this selection.
    I really appreciate you sharing your work, till next time…

    • Hi June. Thank you so much. I loved the darkrooms I had. I always had one where ever I lived. That said, I do enjoy the instant gratification of digital black and whites. I appreciate your comments and compliments. Be well. G


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