Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: Southern Colorado

Palomino, Chama, Southern Colorado

Palomino, Chama, southern Colorado. Beautiful boy and gentle soul, in the high country of Colorado. When he wasn’t dozing off, he was yawning out loud. Another great day on a photo trek in in southern Colorado. I’ve spent five days here in the last fourteen. Besides this palomino we also met another gentle soul. A gentle man who shared a little of his life’s story with us. It was a very moving moment and we felt honored that he chose to share it with us. Thanks for looking. G

Palomino, Chama, Colorado

Lobatos Bridge Crossing The Rio Grande

Lobatos Bridge shadows crossing the frozen solid Rio Grande in southern Colorado. The bridge is a favorite stopping point for making images looking upstream on the Rio Grande to the Blanca massif. The mountains are hidden in the clouds on this day. We made some shots of our shadows standing on the bridge instead. Down below in the snow drift on the ice we spotted elk and coyote tracks. Thanks for looking. G

Lobatos Bridge Crossing The Rio Grande

Blue Door, Garcia, Colorado

Blue Door, Garcia, Colorado. What the road passes. A day trip around the block in southern Colorado. On this trip we made a big figure eight through the San Luis Valley. We stopped in Costilla and Garcia to photograph some of the abandoned homesteads. Directly over my shoulder, an abandoned Conoco gas station, formally owned by Mr. Cordova beckoned us. Marco pulled over. His dog, who was getting it’s exercise running behind the car, stopped and visited too! Marco told us that, when he was eight years old, he would trade Mr. Cordova a handful of pennies for a handful of bubble gum! I love my job and the people I meet. Join me for what is fast becoming the most popular of my photography tour/workshops. From spectacular scenery to subtle scenes like this one. I hope to see you out this way soon. Thanks for looking. G

Blue Door, Garcia, Colorado

Church Of San Francisco, Colorado

Church of San Francisco, San Francisco, Colorado. I love finding new places, to me, that is. Venturing in another direction off the beaten path. We are slowly working our away around the very southern part of the state of Colorado. Frankly, this part of Colorado looks more like it should be a part of New Mexico. It’s as if the borders were drawn too far south or not far enough north. Thanks for looking. G

Church Of San Francisco, Colorado

Kiln Sticks, Blanca Sawmill, Colorado

Kiln drying sticks, at the Blanca Sawmill, Colorado. These kiln sticks are part of a kiln drying operation I’ve had the privilege to photograph over the last couple of years. This kiln can dry 200,000 board feet of green 2×4 and 2×6 lumber in 90 hours. The lumber mill supplies studs to the building industry around the west. The lumber comes from the Blanca Ranch on the slopes of the Blanca Massif in southern Colorado. Thanks for looking. G

Kiln Sticks, Blanca Sawmill, Colorado

Southern Rocky Mountains Super Moon Rise

Southern Rocky Mountains winter solstice super moon rise. I didn’t post this image at the time since the winter solstice full wolf moon eclipse was a more pertinent image for the photo of the day. Prior to the lunar eclipse that evening, this is how the moon looked, as it rose in the east, over the snow capped peaks of the Sangre de Cristo range, of the southern Rocky Mountains. Thanks for looking. G

Southern Rocky Mountain Moon Rise

Catholic Church, San Luis, Colorado, Built 1886

Catholic Church in the oldest town of San Luis, Colorado. The church has a date of 1886. Compared to a European time frame, not that old. There are folks here in the valley who know, in recent history, their descendent’s that built this church. There’s something about the history of the west that draws me more and more to this place. Thanks for looking. G

Church, San Luis, Colorado, 1886

Shepherd On The Range, Southern Colorado

Modern day shepherd on the range in Southern Colorado. Camo snow gear, thick gloves, high tech snow boots, a beautiful palomino and that’s his home on the range in the left rear. The sheep and a few goats look very healthy and winter weather resistant. Temperatures dropped to 14 degrees at 4:30pm yesterday. Today was another cold day in the valley. The shepherd and his sheep were heading north right down the middle of the road. I turned off the engine, sat and watched the show. It’s slow moving but they get there eventually. Thanks for looking. G

Shepherd On The Range, Southern Colorado

Lobatos Steel Bridge, Rio Grande Colorado

Lobatos steel bridge, crosses the Rio Grande in southern Colorado. On a full day photo adventure today crossing the Rio Grande, the river below us is solid ice. The road way on the bridge is ice, so we skated across it, holding on to the rails. Just kidding, but we had to be sure footed. Thanks for looking. G

Lobatos Steel Bridge, Rio Grande Colorado

Winter Lake, Red Willows, San Luis Valley

Winter lake and red willows in the San Luis Valley, southern Colorado. Made a half day trip here and beyond with friends yesterday. It turned out to be a beautiful winter wonderland of a day. That also includes driving home after dark in an absolute whiteout blizzard. Well… one does engender the other. Thanks for looking. G

Winter Lake, Red Willows, San Luis Valley