Storm Cell Moving Through Taos Valley

Storm cell moving through the Taos Valley yesterday. I drove through it but it turned and skimmed by me barely getting the car wet. It formed quickly and moved fast. I heard that it dropped marble-sized hail closer to the foothills. I drove on and made a couple of u-turns to be able to get a better view and far enough away so as to fit the whole cell in the frame. Shortly after this shot the cell broke up. I also heard from some folks that the rain missed them entirely. Personally, I was hoping for a car wash. Multi-tasking while photographing. Thanks for looking. G

Storm cell moving through the valley

Visit Taos, New Mexico Later, Please

Visit Taos, New Mexico… later, please. I posted a similar picture with these words on Facebook. They struck a cord and got shared many times over. We are a small community and things spread fast. We are taking things seriously and following CDC guidelines. We will welcome you back with open arms when things are better. The situation is here is serious right now, with the highest per capita cases for a county in New Mexico. Our state is also in lock down with 14 day quarantine orders and Taos has a curfew in place. Nothing is open, there’s no where to stay anyway. For those still wanting to flee the craziness in surrounding states please help by staying home, that way our efforts here won’t be in vain. Thanks for indulging me a moment to share this. Thanks for loving Taos. We love you, I love you. Geraint

Visit Taos, New Mexico Later, Please

San Francisco De Asis Church

San Francisco De Asis Church and brooding sky in Ranchos de Taos, NM. This iconic building has been painted and photographed by many over the decades, most notably by Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams. The San Francisco De Asis Church has been immortalized, indelibly and for good. I’m always happy to visit and add to the narrative, and archive, documenting it’s many moods and looks. Thank you for looking. G

San Francisco De Asis Church

Ute Mountain Emerges

Ute Mountain emerges from the clouds after last weekend’s snow storm. Ute Mountain is north of Taos on the road to Colorado and often appears protruding, fin like, moving through the clouds. It also creates it’s own weather system. I’ve often seen rain and snow falling solely on the dome of this extinct volcano, a major geological feature in the Taos Volcanic Field/Plateau. Here’s another image of Ute.

Ute mountain emerges from the clouds

Ute Mountain Clouds

ute mountain cloud
Ute Mountain, is a free standing extinct volcano in northern New Mexico rising 3000 feet above the valley floor on the Colorado border. It’s distinctive shape looms on the plateau and can be seen from many miles in any direction. It is a focal point landmark in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument. In this image it is shrouded in cloud and can often be seen celebrating its own weather system.