Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire, England

The Cellarium at Fountains Abbey, Yorkshire in the north of England. Flash back to October, 2013.  “Fountains Abbey near Ripon, was founded in 1132 by 13 Benedictine Monks. It became one of the largest, richest and the most influential Cistercian abbeys in Britain.” Read more here on the BBC

fountains abbey yorkshire, UK

Here’s another view of the “Cellarium”

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Lenticular Clouds

Lenticular Clouds. I made plenty of images of this scene yesterday evening from the garden. I liked the spectacular reds, oranges and yellows of course. However, I actually prefer this exposure after the sun went down, when the light levels were much lower, and the colors more subtle with soft lavender hues. Here’s and image I made on January 22nd 2015 in Pojoaque, NM

lenticular clouds from san cristobal new mexico

Mission Church of Santo Tomas, Abiquiu, NM

Clouds over the Mission Church of Santo Tomas in the mesa top Pueblo of Abiquiu, New Mexico. I made this image four years ago on a photo tour to Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch and the Chama River Valley and many other locations on the road getting there. The sky on the particular summer afternoon was broken up by these wonderful cloud formations which appear to be whipped up by the very large cross. Thanks for looking. G

church of Santo Tomas Saint Thomas abiquiu, new mexico

Holy Trinity, Arroyo Seco, NM

Holy Trinity Church is close to my Fine Art Gallery in Arroyo Seco, NM. I often make the twenty yard stroll to see how the light looks on this historic adobe building. Sometimes it’s an intense afternoon glow under the New Mexico sun, or in this case, the belfry and branches are stark against the sky on a winter’s day. Not a problem! Tomorrow, I’ll take another stroll around the corner to see what’s happening in the neighborhood. New Mexico almost always surprises me when I least expect it. Come and visit! Thanks for looking. Click here for another image of this building. 

Holy Trinity Church, Arroyo Seco NM.

In Ranchitos Valley

Came across this gentle creature in the Ranchitos Valley this evening. The light was soft and the animal’s nature seemed giving and loving. It came toward me, it wanted to get closer. I wanted to get closer. The barbed wire fence and an ice pond between us created a boundary for any further physical contact. The horse turned to it’s right, as if to show me its best side, and declared, “here I am!” In that moment, as I activated the camera’s shutter, a connection occurred, where all I could do was sigh in awe and disbelief as two souls cross the barriers in between.

white horse in the ranchitos valley taos new mexico

House Finch

Cold snowy day here in San Cristobal. This House Finch joined four or five dozen Dark-eyed Juncos at the bird feeder. I think, at some point, it got overwhelmed by the frenzy over the bird seed I’d put out earlier. It retreated to the Ash tree close by, where this nice ‘bokeh’ (blurred background), isolated the bird and the branches. I made one image before it flew back to give the bird feeder another try … here it is.

house finch in the ash tree