Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Storm clouds with Taos Mountain, 08-24-22

Greetings from San Cristobal, NM.

Taos Mountain was shrouded in storm clouds with a big storm brewing. The storm brought heavy rains to the valley, flooding arroyos and causing acres of yellow daisies to bust out everywhere in the county.

Here is my favorite view of Taos Mountain with storm clouds this week in El Prado (the meadows).

Taos Mountain Storm Clouds
Taos Mountain storm clouds.

I had to go and risk a sneezing fit to get a couple of shots of the Verbesina, commonly known as Golden Crownbeard, Cowpen, or Butter daisies. They are also known as American Dogweed daisies.

Verbesina, Golden Crownbeard, and Cowpen daisies
Verbesina, Golden Crownbeard, and Cowpen daisies alongside RC Gorman’s wall.
Verbesina, Golden Crownbeard, and Cowpen daisies with RC Gormans wall
Verbesina, Golden Crownbeard, and Cowpen daisies with RC Gorman’s wall.

Soon the birds will start to gather on wires for their annual migration. I’m always fascinated by the seemingly mathematical precision placement on the powerlines.

Birds on a wire, Santa Fe
Birds on a wire, Santa Fe.

The morning Mourning Dove perches in our almost dead cottonwood. I suspect these doves are Eurasian Collared Doves. They begin their morning cooing ritual outside the bedroom windows when I wake up. I call them ‘moaning’ doves because there’s no chance of going back to sleep with all their cooing that sounds like moaning to me.

Mourning dove in the morning
Mourning Dove in the morning, San Cristobal.

Lastly, a couple of shots from a walk around the Saint Francis church, (San Francisco de Asis), in Ranchos de Taos, NM.

Saint Francis church Ranchos de Taos, NM
Afternoon light at the Saint Francis church Ranchos de Taos, NM.
Saint Francis church Ranchos de Taos, NM
Shadows at the Saint Francis church Ranchos de Taos, NM.

Finally, I have four extra copies of the New Mexico Treasures Calendar. I’ve contributed images to this calendar for the last decade. In two weeks, I’ll have a drawing of the names of those who comment on this post. I’ll put everyone’s name in a hat and draw four winners.

New Mexico Treasures 2023 desk top calendar.
2023 New Mexico Treasures desktop calendar.

As always, thanks for looking. Have a great week. G

118 thoughts on “Storm clouds with Taos Mountain, 08-24-22”

  1. Love your photography of New Mexico.
    Makes me a bit homesick. So beautiful and surreal. Thank you for sharing your amazing glimpses of this magical place.

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  2. I love your photo’s and am glad you posted to look at your website. I would love to be entered into the calendar drawing!

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  3. Would love to have these gorgeous photos to keep our home state close to our hearts every day here in Berkeley 🏞️🪅✨💖

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  4. Moody shadows on St Francis church. So many ways to photograph this iconic church. I really like this one.
    I make sure I stop every time I am in Taos.

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  5. Geraint,

    My heart is always filled with 🌶🌶🌶 when I see your daily posts.

    Hopefully by the end of this year we will have our feet in the New Mexican dirt and mud.
    📷📷📷
    Liz Strause

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  6. Wow, the season is starting to shift…
    Love the b/w of St. Francis. It always presents something different.
    Put me on the drawing for the ‘23 calendar!!

    G.

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  7. Beautiful contrast, fields of verbesina and the dark skies over Taos mountain.
    Btw, the Spanish name for Verbesina is Anil del Muerto. That’s how I refer to them.

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  8. Having just returned from Santa Fe, it’s so wonderful to be able to see your beautiful images. I’ll continue to look forward to traveling through time with your photos, which bring the beauty of NM to us even though we’re far from it now.

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  9. Beautiful photos. They take me back to my childhood. My mother’s family was from Costilla. I spent many summers there.

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  10. I am no longer close to my much loved Northern New Mexico and its magic, GS, but first your daily pictures and now your weekly blog keeps it near in my mind. Having said that, I also need to let you know there is something almost mystical about your pictures and what you say about storm clouds over the mountains, as well as your landscapes of abandoned and sad dwellings. Thank you so much for continuing to share with all of us!

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  11. I had the Calendar before, really enjoyed the calendar and your picture. Love the Taos Mountain storm clouds. Hope you are doing well!

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  12. Hi – I would like to be entered in the calendar give-away. Thanks!
    Also, your work is incredible and awe inspiring!

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  13. Clouds have such a world of potentials in photography. Colors, angles, shapes, and holdssuch emotions at times. It is a soft whisper in the sky and others, it bespeaks of the bold powers beyond our comprehension.
    It is constantly demanding of our attention if we set out to capture that moment in time. Always evolving, ever moving and nothing stay constant. And dare we try.
    You have captured such radiance in the majestic plays of its power. In many, you captured what can only be interpreted as the dance of the water spirit moving through the mountains.
    Geraint Smith Thank you for your work. It is a treasure to behold.

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  14. Love all your pics on Facebook. I have been to Taos twice, and especially love the landscape in that area. I enjoy reliving my trips their through your photography.

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  15. All the images invoke my memories. The photos are beautiful & special! Thank you for giving away 4 of the calendars.
    Very cool.

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  16. That look of a cloudy sky with Taos Mountain in the background is THE image I have in my head for Taos. It makes me homesick every time (and I have never actually lived in Taos). Beautiful pictures this time.

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  17. Thank you for the flower names— the yellow contrast with gray skies has been so intense—
    Beautiful shots this week 💛

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  18. I really love the clouds! So nice to see rain in Taos!
    I miss NM but I also love where I am!
    So thankful for every image youu make!

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  19. I spent Sept-Nov of ’86 about 1/2 mile west of Gorman’s house. Beautiful area with great views of the mountains. You capture it all wonderfully. Many thanks for sharing it all with us!

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  20. Your fabulous photography continues to amaze me with your creativity! Thank you Geraint for sharing your talent with the world!

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  21. Passed thru your area on trip from Texas-Home & much enjoy all of NM. Got to tour Pueblo & visit Church. Had arrived over pass to NE thru Eagle Nest. Hope to return again, your pictures are much enjoyed in the mean time.

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  22. I am happy to be directed to your website. I so appreciate your fb photos. I will save the page for when I’m ready to add some Taos to my walls. In the meantime I sure would appreciate you adding my name to the drawing.

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  23. It’s been so wonderful watching the storm clouds and the fields of yellow this year. You capture it all beautifully. And thanks for the botany lesson. Our property, apart from perennials and wildflower bed, is a see of gold. I know sunflowers and Mexican Hats, but didn’t know the names of the rest.

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  24. The best photographer in NM… and overall!
    Thanks for inspiring the rest of us camera junkies, and for helping us to notice the small things. ☺️

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  25. Having retired to Oregon, your wonderful photographs take me back to Taos and New Mexico. The beauty is so different and your gifted eye captures the images we miss. Two of your photos, Taos Mountain and Milky Way Over the Gorge hang in our home. Stay well Geraint.

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  26. Your photographs are stunning and way more interesting than other photographers. Guess that’s because of your attention to the smallest quirky details. Thanks for sharing your beautiful art with us.

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  27. I love seeing your photos on Facebook. I’ve followed you for several years. Crescent moon shots are some of my favorites. 🌙 ❤️ Thank you for blessing us with your talent.

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  28. I love these photos! I would help with postage (to Switzerland)if I win a calendar. There is nothing like the American Southwest anywhere in Europe, as you always remind me with your gorgeous images.😍

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  29. I look forward to your posts- every time there is something remarkable. I’ve shared you blog with as many friends as I have- Thanks for it.

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  30. Such inspiring photos of New Mexico. My mother was a photographer with a unique eye. This work captures the uniqueness of our area. Geraint Smith is generous in sharing his work for all to see.

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  31. So cool G… this year the daisies are amazing… yellow everywhere! I love seeing your pics on FB… you make it worth while to open it up!!!

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  32. Dear Geraint Smith, No matter where we are, your work transports us all right back to the mystical beauty that is your home and territory. Thank you so much for sharing the deep, ineffable spirit that is New Mexico, dear one.
    Best to you from Nevada,
    Andrea Thorsen Turman

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  33. Your images truly reflect the land and spirit of “the Land of Enchantment”
    Thank you for sharing.
    I would truly love to “win” your drawing, please enter my name.
    Fingers crossed,
    Cordially,
    Carol Andrews

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  34. Love the birds on a wire. I am glad to find out what the yellow flowers that seem to have appeared over night are. I saw someone photographing them from the side of the road (150) on Tuesday afternoon and wondered if it might have been you.

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  35. I am delighted by your photo of Gorman’s wall. Moody clods gathering in tones of deepening blue. The field below splashed with butter yellow sunflowers. I see solidarity with the flag of Ukraine and I love it.
    Please add my name to the drawing for the calendar.

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  36. Geraint, I live a bit up the road in Lama. On a daily basis I look at the beauty around us and wonder “Did Geraint catch that?” And almost always, you have! And even more, that I’ve missed! Thank you, you are the absolute best!!!

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  37. Your photos are so inspiring.
    Having not been able to come back to the US since 2018, I look forward to coming over again next year and hopefully spending more time in New Mexico and Arizona. So much to see and I appreciate seeing these wonderful images through your lense. Please put me in the draw.

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  38. Fabulous!!!!! All of it!!! Your craft has become more and more refined!!! The images you capture and share are divine! Your eye is so keen and your love for beauty and nature shines through with each image you offer up!!! Thank you🌈🌀🧚🏿‍♂️🕉🥰🙏💕

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  39. Had to scroll a long way down…almost as many years I remember meeting you in early 80’s. Astounding what you have accomplished in those years, and different lives we have lived along the way through this land we love. You must be very busy with the beauty surrounding us now…love seeing them come my way!

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  40. Stay tuned for the drawing results on Wednesday evening. If you win I’ll need a USPS mailing address. Thanks for joining in this fun event and for all the wonderful comments and compliments. G

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