Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Taos Mountain, Arroyo Hondo, Cottonwood

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Taos Mountain, cottonwood, red willows in the Arroyo Hondo valley. I’ve said it before, some times it’s just about what’s there in front of you. This scene presents itself often. So, while the cottonwood is front and center, with scattered homes on the hill sides, it’s not so bad a feast for the eyes. All capped off by Taos Mountain. (Pueblo Peak). Thanks for looking. G

Taos Mountain, Arroyo Hondo, cottonwood

Red Willows, Cottonwood Tree, Arroyo Hondo

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Red willows, cottonwood tree, Arroyo Hondo, NM. In fact, the willows were so hot, I had to back off the reds and yellows that came out of the camera to make them look less cooked! I love it when the soft reds of early winter start turning towards the orange spectrum. They make the countryside feel warmer on these very cold days. Thanks for looking. G

Red Willows, Cottonwood Tree, Arroyo Hondo

Red Willow Cottonwood, Arroyo Hondo

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Red Willow, Cottonwood, Arroyo Hondo. On a snowy New Mexico afternoon we took a drive around the neighborhood. The red willows were glowing warm along an acequia (irrigation ditch) that runs through the valley. The day was shrouded mostly in shades of grey, until we came across this scene. I love where we live. We get to drive through scenery like this on our commute. Thanks for looking. G

Red Willow Cottonwood, Arroyo Hondo

Rio Pueblo Willows, Gorge Waterfall

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Rio Pueblo red willows, with an unseasonal waterfall cascading off the rim of the Rio Grande Gorge. This image is from February 2008. It was a day of temperatures in the mid to high 60’s. The Rio Pueblo, in the foreground lined with red willows, is flowing fast and furious for February. Here’s another image from the same week of the distant waterfall. Thanks for looking and indulging my reminiscing. G

Rio Pueblo Willows, Gorge Waterfall

Red Willow, Cottonwood, Arroyo Hondo

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Red willow and a cottonwood on the hill in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. I posted a photo of this same scene on November 1st. The snow fall was a lot heavier yesterday in the image below. In this image the red willows have taken on a luminous glow. The red willows willows are abundant throughout Taos County. Taos Pueblo is the home of the Red Willow People. Come visit! Thanks for looking. G

Red Willow, Cottonwood, Arroyo Hondo

Cottonwood, Red Willows, Mountain Snow

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Cottonwood, red willows and mountain snows, the latter making for a good start to winter. The earth and sky inseparable. The cottonwood leaves, touched by the breeze, grace the ground and gild the red willows, that line the acequia, like ornaments. In spring the ancient irrigation channels will deliver the snow melt, rushing from the mountains, to the fields and trees in the valley. As winter takes a deeper hold, the pace slows, the days grow shorter and life retreats within, for what the Irish writer John O’Donohue refers to as “spring secretly at work within the heart of winter” of restoration and rejuvenation. Thanks for looking. G

Cottonwood, Red Willows, Mountain Snow

John O’Donohue: Thresholds

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Cottonwoods, Red Willows And A Vulture

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Cottonwoods, red willows and a vulture in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico. After I made images in the valley yesterday, I headed home. Cresting the hill, above the valley I had another view looking back at this cozy little scene which was graced, momentarily, by a Turkey Vulture. As the sun goes down the Turkey Vultures head to a communal roost in large cottonwoods. There is a group who spend the summer in a tree on Kit Carson Road in downtown Taos. Links below. Thanks for looking. G

Cottonwoods, Red Willows And A Vulture

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/april_12/april_07_12.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/september_11/sept_13_11.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/turkey_vulture.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/october_05/oct_06_05.html