I’ll start with this morning at 6:30 am and the waning crescent moon rising with Mercury over the Sangre de Cristo foothills outside our dining room window. I’d just set up the camera for the moon when Mercury popped up behind the trees. I was surprised. Sometimes it’s hard to observe Mercury so close to the sunrise. It worked for me and as is said, timing is everything! A few minutes later in the second photo a little to the south, I spotted Spica (Alpha Virginis) the brightest star in the constellation Virgo the Maiden. You can just about see it!
Below is a window and crumbling adobe wall at the church of San Rafael in La Cueva, NM. The parishioners do a wonderful job on the upkeep of this building. This and the other walls will be repaired soon, probably by the time of my next visit.
The abandoned homestead in the San Luis Valley that I’ve visited many times over the years stood out in the field. The white walls were stark and glowing as if newly whitewashed by an unknown inhabitant. The powerline added an element of life to the abandoned building. There are a few “No Trespassing” signs so it’s not totally abandoned.
My latest favorite dead tree is along the Rio Chama, New Mexico. I’m making plans to revisit to document its ultimate demise. Interesting how it is very much dead but exudes so much life and character. Cerro Pedernal (Georgia O’Keeffe’s mountain) makes a nice backdrop. Georgia said that God told her that if she painted the mountain enough he would give it to her. Well, I’ve probably photographed it many more times than she painted it so under those rules, it’s now mine, so there!
The crows spend the first hour of the day warming up in our old cottonwood tree. They aren’t in any hurry to leave so I often watch them through the lens and take a few shots of these fascinating birds. Sometimes there are five or six of them and at other times there are dozens, you know what I mean, “a murder of crows”.
Finally, one from a week ago in the courtyard at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House in Taos NM. It is always gorgeous and inviting at this location. Join me on a photo tour and we’ll stop in and visit.
As always, thank you for looking. Have a great week. G
14 thoughts on “Around The Block This Week In New Mexico And Colorado.”
Thanks, Geraint. Good to see more photos from you again!
Hi Jane. I thought you were always seeing my photos. It’s good to hear from you. I hope you are well. G
Lovely work as always. The Dodge Lujan House picture is particularly laden with NM goodness, as is the church adobe image.
“NM goodness”. I like that. Thank you, Gary. G
Nice work, Geraint!!!
Thank you, Peter. You posted really good work on your website. G
Very wonderful. Thanks
As always, thank you, Ron. G
What a fun set of photos–a winner every one. Thanks.
Thank you so much, Bob. I appreciate your compliments. G
A murder of crows is one of my favorites but the best one to me is a parliament of owls. As always, your photos are excellent. I enjoyed our conversation and advise yesterday. See you down the road.
Likewise Mark. I like all these terms. It was good to chat with you. Good luck with your project. G
Thank you so much for letting me see the beautiful surroundings through your eyes. It is a blessing.
Thank you so much, Holly. G