Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Tag: Vallecito Peak

Wolf Moon Rising, Setting, Northern New Mexico.

Last week was the full Wolf Moon. It has many other names such as “Canada Goose Moon”, “Greetings Moon”, and a favorite alternative of mine, “Frost Exploding Moon”.
In this case, I’ll stick to calling it wolf moon as it is known around these parts. You can read more here.
On the night before the actual full moon, I met up with my friend John and set up with plenty of time to spare, in order to be ready. When the moon rose behind Vallecito Mountain the light was still a little pale and not so dramatic, so we headed east and closer to the mountains to catch it rising over the exact same peak. On the night before the actual full moon, the landscape is bathed in the light of the setting sun as the moon, discernibly full rises in the scene making for a well-balanced exposure. We made some nice images that evening.

Wolf Moon, Vallecito Mountain
Wolf Moon, Vallecito Mountain.

The Wolf Moon, Vallecito Mountain with the area known as Des Montes.
The Wolf Moon, Vallecito Mountain with the community of Des Montes.

I wasn’t done with the Wolf Moon yet so the following morning I got up early and drove about thirty minutes north near the Colorado State Line to watch it set around Ute Mountain and across the plateau.

Ute Mountain, a tree, with the Wolf Moon setting.
Ute Mountain tree with the Wolf Moon setting.

Ute Mountain, Wolf Moon and across the plateau to San Antonio Mountain.
Ute Mountain, Wolf Moon, and across the plateau to San Antonio Mountain.

Road to Ute Mountain with the Wolf Moon setting.
Road to Ute Mountain with the Wolf Moon setting.

Wolf Moon across the plateau with Sunshine Valley community.
Wolf Moon across the plateau with the Sunshine Valley community.

Here’s a link to the full Wolf Moon eclipse on January 21, 2019.

As always thank you for looking in. Geraint.

Mountain Moon Rise, Vallecito Peak

Mountain moon rise, Vallecito Peak, and another view from last nights moon when it rose over the snow covered Sangre de Cristos. I’m familiar with this view and if you’ve followed my work you will probably recognize it too. Last night was more subtle than it sometimes is, but while we’re in this lock down situation I’ll take it. I don’t have to go very far for inspiration either, just a couple of miles down the road. Thanks for looking. G

Mountain moon rise, Vallecito Peak

Wind Whipping Snow, Vallecito Peak

Wind Whipping Snow, Vallecito Peak in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains of New Mexico. It’s a beautiful mountain in all seasons. I think winter is my favorite season. It really defines the massiveness of the mountain and “corn woman” or “the weaver” defined by the trees in the center. It also looks like Olive Oyl, Popeye’s girl! Thanks for looking. G

Wind Whipping Snow, Vallecito Peak

Grand View, Moonrise Over Vallecito Peak

Grand view of thanksgiving eve moon rising over Vallecito Peak, in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. I wanted to share this grand view that we saw from the highway that runs north – south  from where we live, across the mesa, toTaos. Here’s the image I posted from that day. This expansive scene captivated me upon a second review of the shots I made after I stitched these three images together. It’s a big, beautifully panorama of the mountains of northern New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Grand Vista, Moonrise Over Vallecito Peak

Gorgeous Moonrise, Vallecito Peak

Gorgeous moonrise over Vallecito Peak in the Sangre de Cristo range of the Rocky Mountains. The moon rose over the subdued rosy hues of the snowy peak. It climbed slowly and deliberately, creeping inch by inch until it cleared the snow-capped peak. Finally it appeared to linger for a moment, and glimmered like a giant pearl, as it kissed the crest adieu. A beautiful end to a gorgeous day in New Mexico. Thanks for looking. G

Gorgeous Moonrise Over Vallecito Peak

Vallecito Peak Snow Or Hail?

Vallecito Peak snow or hail? July 27, 2018 too soon for snow? Then it must be hail, although in the past there has been snow in early August. Well it was gone by morning, but the best part, it was some much needed moisture. Thanks for looking. G

Vallecito Peak Snow Or Hail?

Full Moon Rise Over Vallecito Peak Taos, NM

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

Full Moon Rise Over Vallecito Peak Taos, NM

Super Moon Rising Taos, New Mexico

Super moon rising over Vallecito Mountain, Taos, New Mexico. This was made a few minutes later than yesterday’s photo of the day. I’ve also added a bonus image of the moon in the clouds from later last night. Tonight the moon is behind some thick clouds for the time being. It looks like it will clear the clouds where we live in half an hour or so. We will be watching and I hope you can get out on your stoop and see the beauty of it all for yourself. Thanks for looking. G

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Super Moon Rising, Vallecito Mountain, Taos

Super Moon Vallecito Mountain Taos, New Mexico. We purposefully made a trip out to the west rim of the Rio Grande Gorge to watch the super moon rise tonight. The high mountains of the Sangre de Cristos blocked the moon rise and allowed us some twenty minutes to chat with a visiting photographer who had dropped in from Colorado to photograph the high bridge and the gorge. We were sharing stories about life, travels and photography etc. when I felt like someone clamped the defibrillator leads on my chest and shocked my heart awake when I saw this sight! Check out the “absolute” full moon tomorrow December 3, 2017. Thanks for looking. G

Super Moon Vallecito Mountain

Corn Woman Of Vallecito Peak

Corn Woman of Vallecito Peak, the mountains of Taos, New Mexico. Yes! it snowed today and when the clouds lifted we got to see how much. In this image the shape of the pine trees in the bowl of the mountain resembles a woman sowing the corn seeds, hence, corn woman. Others say it’s “weaver woman” and other folks amongst us with a sense of humor, say it’s “Olive Oyl”. What do you think? Anyway… as I was saying, it snowed, which made for a gorgeous day. Thanks for looking. G

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Here are a few other images from the archives:

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/january_15/january_05_15.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/april_14/april_30_14.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/january_12/jan_02_12.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/december_11/dec_10_11.html

https://geraintsmith.com/potd/pages/archive/march_10/march_02_10.html