Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: Moreno Valley

Taos Mountain Cloud, Mourning Doves, Wild Iris Meadow, Venus Moon

Another fun week in the field and a couple of instances from the deck! During one of the last snowstorms not long ago in memory but ages ago for the much-needed moisture. We can watch the storms build up over Taos Mountain from the deck. The mourning doves have been enjoying life and seem to be inseparable, hanging out side by side in the old cottonwood tree, also visible from the deck. We made a trip to join our friends Chris and Carla at their ranch in Black Lake, New Mexico a few days ago. The meadows were carpeted with millions of wild iris. I’ve seen similar fields of iris in the Valle Vidal but nothing like this. And this was only a square mile of it. On June 11, the waxing crescent moon swung by the planet Venus. I have a favorite parking spot to watch this particular sight when it occurs. Summer Solstice is coming up on Sunday, June 20th. Where to go for a Solstice moment photo? We shall see!

Taos Mountain cloud
Taos Mountain storm cloud building up, San Cristobal, NM

Mourning Doves
Mourning Doves in the old cottonwood tree, San Cristobal.

Wild iris, Black Lake, NM
Wild iris, Black Lake, NM, in Lonesome Dove country near where they filmed the TV movie.

Venus, Moon, sunset
Venus, Moon and sunset across the Taos Plateau.

Enjoy the summer where you are and as always, thanks for looking. G

Lone Tree, Black Lake, New Mexico

Lone Tree, in Black Lake at the southern end of the Moreno Valley, New Mexico. In 1988 the Lonesome Dove miniseries/movie was filmed near here. The location substituted for Montana and the cabin they built near the lake can still be seen from the road. If you saw the movie you may have spotted this tree in one of the scenes where the cowboys were herding cattle. Thanks for looking. G

Lone Tree, Black Lake, New Mexico

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, Moreno Valley, New Mexico

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway in the Moreno Valley, northern New Mexico. Often times I photograph just for the record. I began my photo of the day blog, in September 2005, partly to draw traffic to my website, but mostly as a visual journal. If I want to know where I was, or what the weather was like on a particular day in say, 2011 I’ll check out my journal and you can too! Just pick a date and visit my blog or visit previous archive. In the years to come, I’ll look back on this date to see where I was and what was happening, or in this case, what was blooming along the roadside in  the Moreno Valley in mid June 2020. It goes without saying, that we’ll all remember what our joint, overall experience was in Spring and Summer 2020. I’ll enjoy recalling these tiny little ornamental cactus flowers on an excursion today around the Enchanted Circle with my love. Thanks for looking. G

Enchanted Circle Scenic Byway, in the Moreno Valley,

American Creek, Moreno Valley, New Mexico

American Creek, in the Moreno Valley, northern New Mexico where the stars in the sky reach down below your feet. I created this composition to capture the feeling I get when standing in the vast wide open spaces in New Mexico. That was then. Now the few apps I use on my phone give me a virtual reality view of the sky dome above and below my feet and every which way I care to look. Thanks for looking. G

American Creek, in the Moreno Valley, northern New Mexico

Spring In The Rocky Mountains

Spring in the Rocky Mountains (Sangre de Cristos) the Moreno Valley. How quickly the weather changes at this time of year during spring. In the space of a few miles and thirty minutes later after lunch the difference follows the old adage… if you don’t like the weather in New Mexico, wait five minutes. In this instance the wind and snow became a blizzard. By the mid afternoon it was gone! Thanks for looking. G

Spring in the Rocky Mountains (Sangre de Cristos)

Spring in the Rocky Mountains the Moreno Valley

Bobcat Pass Lone Tree

Bobcat Pass lone tree and sky. A favorite scene in northern New Mexico. This is a location where the shifting clouds form a fabulous backdrop to the tree, or when the summer moon rises directly behind it to the east. I like to stop here whenever I’m on the Enchanted Circle drive through the Moreno Valley and over Bobcat Pass. Keep looking up and thanks for looking. G

Bobcat Pass Lone Tree

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Moreno Valley Corral And Clouds

Moreno Valley corral and clouds northern New Mexico. We stopped at this delightful, dilapidated corral on the Enchanted Circle drive today in the Moreno Valley. We watched the shadows of clouds and the clouds over the mountain moving swiftly across the landscape. It was a good day to stop at a location where patience truly proved to be a virtue. Thanks for looking. G

Moreno Valley Corral And Clouds

Elizabethtown Cemetery, Moreno Valley

Elizabethtown Cemetery. Afternoon thunderstorms, rain and hail and moody lighting add to the atmosphere on this drive through the high country in the Moreno Valley northern New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Elizabethtown Cemetery, Moreno Valley

Indoor Outdoor Living In Elizabethtown, NM

Indoor outdoor living in Elizabethtown (a ghost town) in the Moreno Valley in northern New Mexico. Always a fun stop when driving through the valley on the Enchanted Circle between Red River and Angel Fire. Thanks for looking. G

Indoor Outdoor Living In Elizabethtown

Eagle Nest Lake, Moreno Valley, NM

Eagle Nest Lake, in the Moreno Valley New Mexico. I found this image in the archive from a few years ago. It makes me feel as if it’s normal summer weather here in the mountains of northern NM, with an above average water level in the lake. Looking forward to the monsoons in mid July. Thanks for looking. G

Eagle Nest Lake, in the Moreno Valley