Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: Valle Vidal

In The Valle Vidal, “Valley Of Life”

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

Valle Vidal, Valley of Life

Cow Elk Valle Vidal, NM

Cow Elk in the aspens and long grass in Valle Vidal, NM. The day before the Carson National Forest in northern New Mexico was closed due to the extreme fire danger, this cow elk emerged from the aspen grove, only to disappear again into the trees. A brief moment indelibly etched in memory. Thanks for looking. G

Cow Elk Valle Vidal, NM

Rio Costilla Creek, New Mexico

Rio Costilla Creek, Rio Costilla Park, New Mexico. Had a fun time photographing along the Rio Costilla on a three day photo tour last week on our way through to the Valle Vidal. The river was running with gusto so we had lots of photo ops. I made this image on my iPhone. Thanks for looking. G

Rio Costilla Creek, New Mexico

Wild Iris In The Valle Vidal

Wild Iris in a meadow, near a babbling brook, in the high country of the Valle Vidal, (valley of life) New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Wild Iris In The Valle Vidal

Mergansers In The Valle Vidal

Mergansers in the Valle Vidal (Valley of Life), Carson National Forest, northern New Mexico. Two of approximately eighteen of this family of ducks we first spotted on a photo tour in early August. All of them seem to be flourishing on this small man made lake in the high country. Thanks for looking. G


Comanche Point, Valle Vidal

Comanche Point in the Valle Vidal (Valley of Life), New Mexico. Beautiful evening light in the Valle Vidal Unit of the Carson National Forest at Comanche Point and the confluence of the Rio Costilla and Comanche Creek. Thank you for looking. G

Comanche point in the valle vidal, New Mexico

Black Bear, Valle Vidal

Black Bear Valle Vidal (valley of life) New Mexico. From a photo tour a couple of weeks. It’s a beautiful animal and it was fun to watch him (a young male) turning over rocks and eating grubs. He was unperturbed by our presence, all though I felt he was very aware that we were in the area. Thanks for looking. G


Bull Elk, Valle Vidal, Carson National Forrest

Bull elk in the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest, NM. After a thunderous downpour this bull elk was spotted in an arroyo, watching us watching him. Along with a bear, another bull elk, a flock of eighteen young Merganser ducks floating down the Rio Costilla, the day was capped of by a torrential hail storm followed by massive clouds and Red-tailed Hawks on the plains. All in all it turned out to be a fantastic day on a photo safari through the high country to Cimarron. Thanks for looking. G


Indian Paintbrush In The High Country

Indian paintbrush on the slopes in the high country of the Valle Vidal unit of the Carson National Forest, New Mexico. What a gem of a place is this! For most of the day today we had it all to ourselves. The “paintbrush” are popping up all over the hillsides, attended by a multitude of daisies. The meadows are filled with wild irises and fields of grass, in the high winds, became instant cousins to ocean waves. A horseman riding bye held on firmly to his cowboy hat … and his horses reins. Thanks for looking. G


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