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Powerful Wolf Moon Rising, Colorado. 01-11-2023

Greetings from San Cristobal, NM.

Last week, on January 5, 2023, was the 99 percent full wolf moon. I spent a fabulous full-day photo tour with Richard. When we departed Taos, we had high expectations of catching the January “wolf moon” rising over the peaks of the Sangre de Cristo mountains in southern Colorado. We did not expect the vast cloud cover that occurred midday.

As is often the case in the west, the weather changes rapidly and dramatically. There is a saying, ‘if you don’t like the weather wait five minutes”. On this day, following six hours of intermittent cloud cover everywhere except the mountains, where the sky remained full of clouds, they finally dissipated to reveal the Sangres in all their glory! Click on images to enlarge.

Wolf Moon rising over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado
Wolf Moon rising over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, Colorado.

In the images below, you can see what the rest of the day brought for us. The first is the Rio Grande looking north upstream to Blanca Peak.

Rio Grande ice with Blanca Peak, Colorado
Ice on the Rio Grande with the Blanca Peak Massif.

Standing on the Lobatos Bridge bridge to get this image, we could hear the ice cracking around the bridge pillars and along the cliffs. Some of the sounds were like thunderclaps deep down below. Other sounds were like the far of moaning of a person in pain.

I’m not usually one to show both versions of a shot, but I like both equally for different reasons. The black-and-white image has a more dramatic impact. The color of the grasses sprouting up amongst the volcanic rocks in the second version is pleasing and captures the softness of nature and light I experienced there.

Lobatos bridge with Blanca Peak and the Rio Grande Colorado, black and white
Lobatos bridge in black and white.
Lobatos bridge with Blanca Peak and the Rio Grande
Lobatos bridge with Blanca Peak and the Rio Grande.
Rio Grande Ice, Colorado
Rio Grande Ice, Colorado

Below, the cactus thrives in this lava rock environment.

Cactus, lava rocks rio grande gorge, colorado
Cactus, lava rocks Rio Grande, Colorado.

General Store, San Luis, Colorado
General Store, San Luis, Colorado.

I first saw the Eastdale post office many years ago when the plaque with the zip code and roof was intact. Alas, things change, and vandals continue to pilfer whatever and from wherever they can.

Eastdale, Colorado Post Office
Eastdale, Colorado US Post Office.

A few days earlier in San Cristobal, the waxing moon rose, followed by the sunset on our local peaks in the Columbine Hondo Wilderness.

Moon rise, San Cristobal, NM
Moon rise, from San Cristobal, NM.

Sunset, mountains from San Cristobal, NM
Sunset, the last light on the mountains from San Cristobal, NM.

Greetings to all my friends in California. Stay safe!

As always, thanks for looking. G

28 thoughts on “Powerful Wolf Moon Rising, Colorado. 01-11-2023”

  1. Great images Geraint. Your PS skills in enhancing clouds and colors to maximize character is excellent. I’ve been doing printing for several years and still don’t have the mastery you do. Excellent stuff!

  2. “If you don’t like the weather, wait six months.” That’s what we say in Vancouver.

    Very nice work, Geraint, particularly the three chunks of ice. The square format was an ideal choice.

  3. Where to start with this group of outstanding shots? Impossible to say. I love them all; the bridge in black-and-white is spectacular. As always, well done and be well. jim

    • Thank you for your comments and compliments, Jim. I really appreciate it. Give a call if you make it out this way again. Otherwise I glad to know you are looking in. G

  4. Rio Grande ice,
    Triangle, triangle, not triangle.
    Shoreline of sensuous curves, not straight lines.
    Black to white with infinite greys.

    • Thank you so much, Larry. The ice was plentiful. The wildlife was sparse this trip but the same band of horses were in the exact same place as last week. I love the peace and quiet out there. We saw three other vehicles the whole time. Rush hour on the plateau! G


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