Sunflower, Standing Tall, Taos Valley Wetlands

Sunflower, all it’s sunny fires out but standing tall in the Taos Valley wetlands. I particularly like sunflowers in their decay as much as I do when they herald the beginning of August lining the highways and byways of northern New Mexico. Here, in this photo, they usher in the early throes of winter while maintaining a continuous golden glow. Snow on it’s way over the next few days. Stay warm where you are and thanks for looking. G

Sunflower, Standing Tall, Taos Wetlands.

Last Dollar Road, Ridgway, Telluride, Colorado

Last Dollar Road, between Ridgway and Telluride, Colorado. Heading down Last Dollar Road we just had to stop for this view. In 1989 I climbed Mount Sneffels, the peak on the far left of the image with my good friend Harry. When we got to the top I was exhausted. It was a little humiliating to see a father and his seven-year-old son sitting there fresh as the morning eating lunch and me huffing and puffing. 14,000+ feet will do that to you. We shared some stories with them while eating our lunches. On the way down I reinjured the meniscus in my right knee, or was it the left? Fortunately, we had ridden our bikes up to 12,000 feet and hidden them behind a large boulder. Riding down to our camp at 6,000 was a very nice and welcome cruise. Back to the present, on this day it was very pleasant to see the area in its fall finery. Thanks for indulging in my reminiscing and for looking. G

Last Dollar Road, Ridgeway, Colorado.

Evening Grosbeak, Crabapple Tree, San Cristobal, NM

Evening Grosbeak, in one of our crabapple trees, San Cristobal, NM. Besides colorful hillsides and mountains, fall brings an abundance of food and birds to eat it. This week the Evening Grosbeaks arrived in flocks to indulge themselves of the crabapples. Great individual shots picked out of the thirty or so birds camoflaged by the branches and leaves. Thanks for looking. G

Evening Grosbeak, Crabapple Tree, San Cristobal, NM

Elk, Sunlight, Yellowstone, Wyoming

Elk, Sunlight, Yellowstone, Wyoming. Elk are spotlighted on the hillside by the last pocket of sunlight in Yellowstone, Wyoming. Flashback to my trip with my two young children in 2005. In Yellowstone it was so cold, although it doesn’t look like it from this image, we stayed in hotels and lodges. On the way home through Utah we camped for a few nights in Canyonlands. Here’s an expanded view from Canyonlands. Thanks for looking. G

Elk, Sunlight, Yellowstone, Wyoming

Autumn Colors, Mountain Storm Brewing

Autumn colors and a storm brewing in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Well, not this year, not yet! Continuing to dig in the archives I came across this image from 2010. This view is in Des Montes just north of Taos and we’re looking at the valley directly ahead that leads to the Taos Ski area. In this shot it looks like snow in them there hills. Thanks for looking. G

Autumn colors and a storm, northern New Mexico.

Sunflower, Bows Out For Season

Sunflower, bows out for the season. This portrait of a sunflower was made in a doorway, illuminated by sunlight, with a shadowed room as backdrop. Pine Siskins and American Goldfinches are in a feeding frenzy on these plants right now. I’ve made portraits of those birds on the sunflowers before. I thought it is time for a portrait of the source of food that sustains them. Thanks for looking. G

Sunflower, bows out for season.

Dovecots, Mabel Dodge Luhan House

Dovecots, a flashback to fall 2006 at the Mabel Dodge Luhan House courtyard Taos NM. It was very cold with a wind chill today, that got through to my bones. So… I thought it would warm things up with this image from the Mabel Dodge Luhan House. I originally posted a cropped image of this shot, so here is the full panorama of the courtyard with Mabel’s dovecots. Here’s an image of the courtyard and dovecots in the snow from January 2012.  Stay warm, and thanks for looking. G

Dovecots, Mabel Dodge Lujan House