Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: Colorado

Hunter’s Moon, Our Moon Rising Over Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM.

The iconic, autumn “Hunter’s Moon” rising over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from our driveway in San Cristobal, NM. The “Hunter’s Moon” is a favorite of all the moon names. Although I don’t hunt, the name evokes some primordial feeling in me of a greater sense of place in the grand scheme of things. Whatever it conjures up for you, I hope it’s a good feeling. The final image is from the old homestead in the San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Hunter's moon rise
Hunter’s moon rises over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM.

Hunter's moon rises over the foothills
Hunter’s moon rising a little further.

Hunter's moon rise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Hunter’s moonrise breaks the tree line over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, NM.

Hunter's moon rise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains
Hunter’s moon and the old homestead in the San Luis Valley, CO.

As always, thank you for looking. G

Moreno Valley, Great Sand Dunes, New Print.

Last week on a tour through the Moreno Valley in rain and snow we spotted this Red-tailed Hawk, rather bedraggled, sitting in the rain on this ranch gate. It didn’t seem too bothered by much at all. including me and my photography client.

Red-tailed Hawk, Moreno Valley
A Red-tailed Hawk in the Moreno Valley, NM

It was dramatic and beautiful light today in the Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

Great Sand Dunes NP
Great Sand Dunes National Park, Colorado

A new print this week in varying sizes. I shot this photo a number of years ago and never printed it. This link will take you to a page with the details.

Colorado Aspens, Crested Butte
Aspens, Crested Butte, Colorado

As always, thank you for looking. G

On The Road This Week.

Working backward from today, starting with the landscape around Ghost Ranch, New Mexico.

Ghost Ranch Landscape
The Landscape near Abiquiu, NM.

I made a couple of trips on the high road over the last week. The aspens are doing their utmost to please fall color seekers. The horses performed perfectly, positioning themselves just right.

Horse backs Truchas NM
Horse backs on the High Road to Taos in Truchas, NM.

The forest floors were already full of fallen leaves. There are plenty more to go!

Aspen Leaves, dewdrops
Dewdrops on the fallen aspen leaves.

The skies over New Mexico have performed quite admirably, as they usually do. This place, with the old wooden barn storage shed, is always a pleasing stop on Highway 64.

Wood barn, Highway 64, New Mexico
Wood barn off Highway 64 in northern New Mexico.

My favorite aspen group on the Cumbres Pass, just over the state line in Colorado. This is my go-to barometer for how things are progressing as far as the turning colors go. I’ll be back there tomorrow.

Aspen Copse
Aspen Copse on a hillside, Cumbres Pass, Colorado.

The colors in this image seemed appropriate for the season, on this old tractor parked in a field in Jaroso, Colorado.

Autumn rust patina
Autumn-colored rust patina in Jaroso, Colorado.

As Always, thanks for looking. G

North Clear Creek Falls, By Day, By Night, and in Black and White

Last weekend I spent three days visiting the North Clear Creek Falls in Colorado. I’d gone by the falls many times and for some reason or other, not stopped in to see them. Always on the way to somewhere else, I would scoot right past them. Well, I finally made up for it with my friend, John. We camped for two nights very nearby, intending to do a full moon shoot. Willing to accept the potential for cloudy skies and rain, we headed out, determined to have a good time camping and catching up. It did rain in the early morning hours, but we’d already got the shots.
This is from Wikipedia, and this is from 9News. Be sure to read the part about the Black Swift!

North Clear Creek Falls, Colorado
North Clear Creek Falls, Colorado.
North Clear Creek Falls, Colorado
North Clear Creek Falls, Colorado just after sunset.

North Clear Creek Falls by Moonlight
North Clear Creek Falls, Colorado under full moon light.

North Clear Creek Falls Black and White
North Clear Creek Falls, Colorado in black and white.

Red-tailed Hawk family, San Luis Valley

On a photo workshop last week I took my client to visit the Hawks in my previous week’s post. My client is an accomplished bird photographer. Well.., I was expecting maybe mom, pop, and the chick I saw on my last visit, but to our surprise, we spotted a whole family of five. Fledglings were taking to the air from the treetops, encouraged in their maneuvers by the parents. What a treat it was to see the adult male, female and chicks perform this ancient summer ritual at this roadside location.

Enjoy!

Red-tailed Hawk
Male Red-tailed Hawk, on the wing, San Luis Valley.

Female Red-tailed Hawk
Female Red-tailed Hawk, sits in tree top, San Luis Valley.

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk lands in a tree.

A Male Red-tailed Hawk
Male Red-tailed Hawk stands guard in tree top, San Luis Valley.

Three juvenile Red-tailed Hawks
Three juvenile Red-tailed Hawks sit in a tree top, San Luis Valley.

Male Red-tailed Hawk
Male Red-tailed Hawk, showing how it’s done and lands in a tree.

Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk prepares to land.
Juvenile Red-tailed Hawk prepares to land on a tree branch near mom!.

As always, thanks for looking. I appreciate all the comments and compliments. Thank you. G

Raptor and a Sears Kit Home

The old charm of New Mexico in two images presented with an old look of a scratched and worn film base. The first is a hawk launching over an old homestead near La Jara, Colorado. The second, an iconic Sears kit home in Estancia, NM. I’m on photo tours this week so I’ll keep it short. If you’d like to join me on a trip, visit my photo tour/workshop page. I’ll look forward to seeing you here.

Homestead and raptor
A raptor launches over a homestead near La Jara, Colorado.

Sears kit home, Estancia, New Mexico
A Sears kit home in the town of Estancia, New Mexico

Thanks for looking. G

Blanca Peak Massif, Colorado

Road trip to Alamosa for covid shots. No matter the reason for the trip, there’s always something to see. On this occasion a very large storm cell moving through the Central San Luis Valley carrying spitting kernels of snow. Standing up in the bed of the truck was stinging but exhilarating, to say the least. It didn’t stop me. We stopped into other locations as well for the black and white below. There are 14,000 ft peaks in this range behind those clouds.

Blanca Peak Massif, highway 160 Colorado
Storm cell, Blanca Peak Massif, and Highway 160, Colorado.

Storm cell San Luis Valley, Colorado
Storm cell over Blanca Peak, San Luis Valley, Colorado.

Following are a few pictures from one of the five photo tours/workshops during the last month. I’m booking tours/workshops from June through the rest of the year and beyond. Let me know if you want to join me on the road in northern New Mexico and southern Colorado.

Rust Paint Patina
Rust, Paint, Patina on a farm tractor in Jaroso, Colorado.

Combination mail boxes, Jaroso
Combination mail boxes with Eagle in the Jaroso, post office, Colorado.

Garcia Colorado photo tour/workshop
Working the ruins in Garcia, Colorado on a photo tour/workshop.

Thanks for looking. Stay healthy. See you next week. G

Amish Horse Drawn Buggy, Monte Vista, Colorado

Amish horse-drawn buggy, Monte Vista, Colorado. I added the old photo effect bringing a dated look to the shot thats mirrors the old ways. We heard the horse and buggy coming before we could see it. Can you see the swaddled baby reaching for the reins as Mom holds her safely around the waist. Here’s a little blurb on the Amish in the San Luis Valley. Thanks for looking. G

Amish Horse Drawn Buggy, Monte Vista, Colorado

Red Barn, Black And White, Cloud, Capulin, Colorado

Red Barn, in black and white with an unusual cloud, Capulin, Colorado. Yes, the barn is red. I like the toned black and white in this photo with that cloud that wafted across the San Luis Valley. We are hunkering down today with 18 inches of snow and still coming. Thanks for looking. G

Red Barn, Black And White, Cloud, Capulin, Colorado

Sandhill Cranes, Formation Flying, Monte Vista NWR, Colorado

Sandhill Cranes, formation flying over the Monte Vista NWR in Colorado. Popped up here yesterday for a look-see. There are a few thousand Sandhill Cranes in the refuge. Though, after this initial bombardment, we didn’t see them much but we could hear them plenty. Thanks for looking. G

Sandhill Cranes, Formation Flying, Monte Vista NWR, Colorado