Highway 285, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico

Highway 285, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico. Road trips are the norm here and there’s plenty of empty roads out west in “normal” times. This trip was no different. Probably a few cars at the most. How many is a few? …five! It wasn’t too difficult to get a shot with no cars on the highway on this beautiful day with a clear sky and view. Thanks for looking. G

Highway 285, Ojo Caliente, New Mexico.

Road G, Southern Colorado

Road G, in Southern Colorado. One of my favorite roads, not only as it’s my initial ‘G’, but because it was the road that carried me to the San Luis Valley for the first time in 1990. From Wild Horse Mesa in the east, I could look southwest to Ute Mountain, west to the Rio Grande and north through the valley to the 14,000 foot snowy peaks. And beyond, as far as the eyes could see! My parents were with me on that first trip. Every time I head into this area I carry a little part of them with me on my initial road! Thanks for looking. G

Road G, in Southern Colorado.

Cave View, New Mexico Back Country

Yesterday, Pami, myself and friends, Chris and Carla, made a trip to beyond, the back of beyond. We have future plans for more trips back, to the back of beyond. Much of the trip was spent driving Arroyo del Cobre, north of Abiquiu, NM. The arroyo narrowed considerably, until, what can marginally be called a road clambered out of it to a bench. After more sandy driving and choking dust we arrived at an artesian spring in a boggy meadow. Later, we visited an ancient petrified river bed and this shady ledge with a cave, probably dug many years ago by a prospector. There are camps and hunting grounds of indigenous peoples, strewn with artifacts, in this land of red rocks. These days, hundreds of bonsai junipers and tranquility abide. Chris said “we are geological time travelers”.  Thanks, Chris and Carla for being our guides. Thanks everyone for looking. G

Cave view, New Mexico back country

 

New Mexico True, back country

 

Artesian Spring

 

Petrified river bed

 

Petrified river bed

 

Bonsai Juniper

 

Valdez Valley Winter Road

Valdez Valley winter road just north of Taos at the gateway to Taos Ski Valley. Waking up to the snow this morning did the heart good following one of the driest summers we’ve had in a number of years. This first snow, in the Taos area last night, prompted us to take a drive around some of our rural neighborhoods. Coming across this scene in the Valdez Valley was like stepping into the “living” land of enchantment! Thanks for looking. G

Valdez Valley Winter Road

State Line Road New Mexico, Colorado Border

State Line Road New Mexico, Colorado Border. Out where we can see for miles in all directions watching the storms build, and where shadows race down the dirt roads ahead of us, is fast becoming a favorite photo tour location and a vast sanctuary for me. Come out for July and August to a northern New Mexico and southern Colorado summer. The fires have diminished. The monsoon rains embellish the afternoons with storms and rainbows and the evenings end with a classic western sunset. Thanks for looking. G

State Line Road New Mexico, Colorado Border

Looking Down Town Taos

Looking Down Town. I often find myself continually looking up or out at a landscape, or I remember things like “keep your chin up” or “things are looking up”, or thinking, how my heart feels like it is soaring with the eagle I’m photographing. A few weeks ago during the last rain I wandered around down town Taos, around the plaza and Bent Street, and made a whole series of pictures looking down. I’ll add a few more images over the next few days unless, that is, something spectacular calls my attention upward again. Thanks for looking. G

Looking Down Town Taos

On The Road In Colorado

On the road (literally) in San Acacio, Colorado. I’ve been photographing this building for many years. On it’s last legs, or is that stilts? the old home has been a wonderful subject all this time. Now, as it corkscrews, as the wind torments the siding and the interior folds in on itself, the character of the building begins to resemble that of an elderly person requiring the aid of a walking stick. Thanks for looking. G

the road san acacio colorado

Gorge Bridge Road And Clearing Storm

The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge road, US Highway 64 heads east through Taos, NM from Teec Nos Pos, Arizona to the Outer Banks, North Carolina. At this point, in the above image, US 64 crosses 600 feet above the Rio Grande Gorge over the “high bridge” as it is known locally. This week’s storm clears for a few hours before the next front moves in, and spring turns to winter for the third time in as many days. A double photo op ensued. The fog lifted, followed again, by sinking heavily into the canyon like ethereal waterfalls and just in case we didn’t get the image the first time, the fog rose once more and dissipated. Here’s the image from the road bed. Next stop N.C.  Thanks for looking. G

The rio grande gorge bridge road

Here’s some further reading:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/U.S._Route_64

Target Practice New Mexico Style

Target practice, New Mexico style. The practice of shooting at road signs while driving by. This sign on the road from Pilar to Carson, has been replaced since I made this image. For now the new sign stands pristine, warning of the upcoming hairpin turn. Somewhere in my portfolio of images I have a whole series of road signs full of gunshot. I’ll let you know how this particular sign is doing when I drive by and shoot it next time. Thanks for looking. G

Target practice new mexico style, drive by shooting