Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tipis, Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico

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Tipis south of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico. I headed here first last night for the conjunction but the elements didn’t align. So I headed to the church shortly afterward. That worked out fine and print sales were brisk today. I did shoot some images at the tipis before heading to the church. I added the antique aged distressed look to the shot. Keep looking up! The planets are still passing in the night. Well, not really, Saturn is just under half a billion miles further out into space than mighty Jupiter. Thanks for looking. G

Taos Tipis south of Ranchos de Taos, New Mexico.

GMC Truck, Overland Ranch, Taos, New Mexico

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GMC Truck at the Overland Ranch compound, Taos, New Mexico. No truck is an island unto itself! This familiar location with a backdrop of Taos Mountain (Pueblo Peak), always inspires a photo. I made a quick stop in here as the snow receded, it left the truck looking like it was washed ashore and stranded. Thanks for looking. G

GMC Truck, Overland Ranch, Taos, New Mexico

Venus, Crescent Moon, Rising, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

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Venus and a waning crescent Moon rising over the Sangre De Cristo Mountains, northern New Mexico. I got out there early this morning, but only as far as the driveway. That’s as far as was needed. The silence was palpable save the crunching snow underfoot, and as is the case it got the coldest right before dawn and the frost built up thick on my tripod. The neighbor’s dog stirred up a couple of other hounds in the ‘hood. Happily, I was done by then and only had to walk a hundred feet to a steaming pot of tea, toast, and marmalade. Thanks for looking. G

Venus, Crescent Moon, Rising, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

 

Venus, Crescent Moon, Rising, Sangre De Cristo Mountains, NM

Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, Sangre De Cristos, New Mexico

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Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, Sangre de Cristo Mountains, New Mexico. Last light on the mountains this evening. I had to pop the 4 Runner into 4wd and plow through snow and get to a vista point with a clear expansive view. I got off a few shots, then it was gone. Here’s some info on the Columbine-Hondo Wilderness. Thanks for looking. G

Columbine, Hondo Wilderness, New Mexico.

Golden Eagle, Snow, Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

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Golden Eagle in a snowstorm Orilla Verde Recreation Area in the Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico. The tree is a decades-long roosting place for Bald Eagles. This tree succumbed to the elements over the last few years and made room for hawks, osprey and golden eagles. Everything falls in to place perfectly. Thanks for looking. G

Golden Eagle, Snow, Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

Bighorn Sheep, Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

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Bighorn Sheep in the Rio Grande Gorge west of Taos, New Mexico. Sometimes they disappear far away into the canyon because they can. My photographer clients ask me, “where do they go?” to which I reply, “anywhere they want.” This one and a few others showed up just where we want them, on a rock! Thanks for looking. G

Bighorn Sheep, Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico

Wave, Surf, Clouds, Dawn, Taos Mountain, NM

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Wave, surf, clouds, dawn with Taos Mountain, NM. The correct name of these fascinating cloud forms is Kelvin-Helmholtz clouds. Here’s the scoop from earthsky.org. Looks warm, doesn’t it? I won’t be getting up this early again for some time. At 9º this morning I think I’ll crawl into my bear den and come out in the spring.  Thanks for looking. G

Wave, Surf, Clouds, Dawn, Taos Mountain, NM

Moonrise, Costilla, New Mexico

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Moonrise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains from Costilla, New Mexico. I drove up north an hour before sunset, the peaks are just over the border in Colorado. I was very surprised to see just how large this “Beaver” or “Frosty” moon looked as the view opened up to the east. Nothing like an evening drive to watch the moon rise. Thanks for looking. G

Moonrise, Costilla, New Mexico.

Raptor, Red-Tailed Hawk, Ranchos De Taos, NM

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Raptor, Red-tailed Hawk on the road to Ranchos de Taos, NM. Alert and on point. Always. I love these creatures, their purposeful design, and immaculate bodies. Their haunting calls from the skies stir my body and soul and remind me there is no way to get back to nature… because we’ve never left it.  Thanks for looking. G

Raptor, Red-tailed Hawk on the road to Ranchos de Taos, NM.