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Foggy Morning, Moonrise, Rio Grande Cloud, Abiquiu Photo Tour.

From fog in the Arroyo Hondo Valley to a full moon rise over Taos Mountain. From a photo tour/workshop in Abiquiu and the Rio Chama Valley to a large cloud over the Taos Valley, Taos Mountain, and the Rio Grande Gorge.

It’s been all go for the last month with tours. I have a few more tours coming up and then a short break for a couple of days following up on some personal work. I’m grateful for the photography tours and workshops and the wonderful photography clients I get to work with.

In the first two photos, I got up and out early to shoot the moon setting. Well, it set, right into a big bank of fog. So I shot the fog lifting in the Arroyo Hondo Valley just south of where I intended to catch the moon. Fog is a rare occurrence in this area, but we’ve had so much rain recently that it was only a matter of time until it filled the valleys.

Fog in Arroyo Hondo, NM
A foggy morning in Arroyo Hondo, northern NM

Fog in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico
A tree in the fog in Arroyo Hondo, northern NM

In the following shot, I sat out on the deck waiting for the nearly full moon to appear from behind Taos Mountain. When it did, it had a pinkish hue to it from the fire smoke in the atmosphere. It was still beautiful nonetheless.

Full Moon rise Taos Mountain
Nearly full moonrise over Taos Mountain from the deck in San Cristobal, NM

The cloud below formed very quickly and filled the sky from Taos to the west of the Rio Grande Gorge. I had to shoot three frames and stitch them together to capture the immense size. I liked the corkscrew-looking form. I’d not seen one like it before.

Rio Grande Gorge
Rio Grande Gorge, with Taos Mountain and the cloud that developed into more rain.

Lastly, a fun panorama shot at the Rio Chama overlook in Abiquiu with William, a client on a cross-country road trip who stopped in Taos and joined me for a three-day photo tour.

Abiquiu, Rio Chama
Fun on a photo tour/workshop in Abiquiu, Rio Chama, NM

As always, thank you for looking. G

6 thoughts on “Foggy Morning, Moonrise, Rio Grande Cloud, Abiquiu Photo Tour.”

    • I had him walk around me as I finished up the panorama. I like the ominous cloud with the tiny bit of blue. We get so many blue skies around here, clouds are welcome no matter how ponderous. Our valley and northern NM are more green than I’ve ever seen in the 37 years I’ve been living here! Thanks, Alison. G

  1. The stunning beauty of the fog is so special here in the high desert, but the full moon coming up behind the mountain shot speaks to my heart. It was just such a jaw dropping moment as snow started to fall on my first trip to Taos that brought the words “I am home” to my mind. Thanks for the memory!

    • I don’t think I’ve ever missed a moonrise here. Sometimes the clouds obscure it but I always like to take the time to watch for it. It’s like clockwork for me. It felt very similar when I saw my first New Mexico moonrise from my first month in Talpa. Thank you, Susan. I’m glad you like the fog shots as well. G


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