Taos Mountain evening light. The light was changing rapidly on the Sangre de Cristo mountains as I watched from the car driving home. The clouds were moving fast. I pulled over and made four images to create this panorama, out of the window. This was the only moment I caught before the big cloud filled in the foreground. The light, the clouds, me, the camera and this fleeting moment. Click. Thanks for looking. G
Sangre De Cristo foothills, near Lama, NM. We caught the end of the day’s light as the sun peeped out from a letterbox opening on the horizon. Besides the lighting, the landscape was looking very lush and a little bit tropical during this summer’s monsoons. Not to bad for an area that burned 22 years ago in the “Hondo Fire”. Thanks for looking. G
Valle Vidal, “Valley of Life”, in the mountains of northern New Mexico. Beautiful alpine meadows and streams, expansive vistas of the high peaks of the Sangre de Cristos, including Wheeler Peak the highest point in New Mexico, and this towering plant (6 feet tall) and I have no idea what it is. Any guesses? Thanks for looking. G
“Flower” moon rise over the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, San Cristobal, NM. Earlier in the day we made a drive through the Moreno Valley where the roads were lined with flags from Eagle Nest to Angel Fire celebrating Memorial Day. We intended to catch the moon rise there, perhaps over the Eagle Nest Lake. We enjoyed the drive and a picnic supper, but instead headed home for a crystal clear view of this “Flower” moon from our deck. Thanks for looking. G
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve Colorado. Spent the day here today on a photo shoot. Spring break was happening behind us with visitors from half a dozen states on sand boards and sleds. Before us, toward the Sangre de Cristo Mountains was pure serenity of rice grass, sand and sky. Thanks for looking. G
Sangre de Cristo Mountains dwarfing the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve.
“The large, main dune-field covers approximately 30 square miles, but there are many more square miles of smaller dunes in the sand sheet surrounding the main dune-field. At the widest point, the main dune-field runs six miles and at the greatest length, eight miles. Great Sand Dunes has the tallest dunes in North America. The Star Dune rises 755 feet from its base to its crest. The “High Dune” on the first ridge rises 699 feet from its base, but because it starts on higher ground, its crest is higher above sea level that of Star Dune.” National Park Service.
Some of the peaks in the Sangre de Cristo mountains are over 6000 feet higher reaching over 14,000 feet in height. All details aside, this stunning location across the San Luis Valley is fabulous for viewing the Sangre de Cristos in the southern Rockies and Great Sand Dunes together. Thanks for looking. G
Sangre de Cristo moon rise, northern New Mexico over Virsylvia Peak and Questa Dome. Looks like a grinning dinosaur to me, looking over it’s shoulder. I made this image last week but didn’t think much of it at first until, upon review, I saw the T-Rex outline in the rocks. I drive by this all the time on my way to Colorado. This is the first time I’ve see any form to this rock dome. Timing is everything. Thanks for looking. G
Full moon rise over Vallecito Peak in the Sangre de Cristo mountains of northern New Mexico. That big beautiful moon yesterday. It is not hard to predict the moons point of rising. I’ve been doing this for many years. I look back through my archives for a particular month and from that I can pretty much pin point the spot, as in this case yesterday evening. For an unfamiliar location there are many apps available online. Thanks for looking. G