Sangre De Cristo Foothills Moon Rise

Sangre De Cristo Mountain foothills moon rise, from the kitchen window in San Cristobal, NM. A stunningly crystal clear evening with the glow of the moon on the aspen groves. The tree canopy, evident under the moon glow, will be gone very soon now. I’m predicting one more week of revelry in the fall colors of northern New Mexico before we call it done. There will be color in the valley and along the Rio Grande well into early November if you get a chance to visit it won’t disappoint. I hope your fall is going well and you enjoy being out in it. Thanks for looking. G

Sangre De Cristo Foothills Moon Rise

Photo Touring, Northern New Mexico

Photo touring, on the road in the Valle Vidal, Northern New Mexico. My long time best friend visited this week and we spent the days traipsing around the mountains and valleys of this area. This was a particularly nice day at 10,000 feet where the aspens and some cottonwoods had the fall colors covered. I hope it’s beautiful where you are and thanks for looking. G

Photo Touring, Northern New Mexico

Aspen Light, Valle Vidal, NM

Aspen Light, Valle Vidal, (valley of life) in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico. When the trees start to turn at this elevation yesterday, (10,000 ft) they’ll go quickly. If you get a chance to make it up there in the coming week, I highly recommend it. Of course there are many other locations nearby that will be peaking very soon too! Thanks for looking. G

Aspen Light, Valle Vidal, NM

San Cristobal Valley Fall Highlight

San Cristobal Valley fall. The fall colors peaked in the valley about a week ago. Now the cottonwoods and aspen trees are stark white, ghosts of their former selves. Another kind of beauty in the coming season. Here’s another image of this location. Thanks for looking. G

San Cristobal Valley Fall Highlight

San Cristobal Valley Fall – 2265


Forest Road In The Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Forest road in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of northern New Mexico. Walking around this grove I saw whole epistles carved into the tree trunks. Someone’s undying this or that. Pledges for life. Who loves who and on what date. Except the trees, they have to wear this brand for a long time until the words expand into scars no longer decipherable as any language. I wonder how many trees will outlive the relationships professed to here in the woods. Thanks for looking. G

Forest Road In The Sangre de Cristo Mountains

Hillside Aspens, Cumbres Pass

Hillside Aspens, Cumbres Pass, Colorado. It was great to see this grove of aspens at it’s peak a week ago, splendid against our stunning southwest sky. We went back a couple of days later when the leaves were more sparse. Conditions in the mountains change rapidly from day to day. Below you’ll find some links I pulled up from previous trips over the Cumbres Pass. Thanks for looking. G

Hillside Aspens, Cumbres Pass

https://geraintsmith.com/tree-grove-sky-cumbres-pass-colorado/

https://geraintsmith.com/the-stand/

Tall Aspens, Italianos Trail, Columbine Hondo Wilderness

Tall Aspens, Italianos Trail, Columbine Hondo Wilderness. It’s looking quite gorgeous in the mountains of northern New Mexico. I made a short hike up here yesterday with my son. It was a beautiful morning hike in cool temperatures, under crystal clear blue skies. The tall aspens we are standing under has it’s own very unique quality of light. I never knew this phenomenon until I moved to New Mexico and stood in a grove like this one. Thanks for looking. G

Tall Aspens, Italianos Trail, Taos Ski Valley

A few more images from fall in northern New Mexico.

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_14/october_02_14.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_11/oct_12_11.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_07/oct_07_07.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_07/oct_01_07.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/september_06/sept_29_06.html

Aspen Road, Garcia Park

Aspen road, Garcia Park in the Carson National Forest, New Mexico. The backlighting sets the colors off well but there is still plenty of color to come over the next few weeks. Every day will amount to an “aspencade”. We’ll be checking for stands of color “going off” on the hills and mountainside around Taos, northern New Mexico and southern Colorado. The red scrub oak is already accenting the valleys and arroyos. Soon it will be the mighty cottonwoods along the Rio Grande and it’s tributaries. Then all we’ll need is the scent of cedar and piñon smoke in the air in order to round out this little bit of perfection. Thanks for looking. G

Aspen Road, Garcia Park