Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Thunder and Lightning, Portrait, August 10, 2022.

Greetings from San Cristobal and beyond. We’ve had some violent thunder and lightning this last week. While we are grateful for the moisture here, there have been tremendous flash flooding and washouts. Particularly in the Mora Valley following the Calf Canyon/Hermits Peak fire this spring.

I could see this thunder and lightning event building from our house. I had to go for a closer look. Not far, just a few miles south, there are wide open vistas of the Taos Valley Picuris, and the Truchas Peaks and beyond. I got lucky with one shot out of the car window. I wasn’t about to get out and set up a tripod. If you think about it, standing out in the rain, I’m the tallest feature in the landscape, hanging on to a metal tripod. Yes, I have a 40-year-old tripod, its metal. A man was struck by lightning during a previous storm this week in Taos. I wish him and his family well.

Here’s what I captured from the car window.

Thunder and lightning storm with lightning strike
Thunder and lightning storm, Taos, NM

Last week we visited my long-time friend and hiking partner I met when I moved to Taos in 1988. Harry and his wife Noreen invited us to their home for lunch. We hadn’t seen them since Harry’s art show in Taos. That was before covid. It was a delightful lunch and a great time visiting them at their home across the Rio Grande Gorge. Following lunch, we sat outside in the shade where the breezes came gently off the canyon rim. Harry sat next to one of his paintings, and we all noticed what a timely portrait it would make.

And the portrait. Harry is 92.

Harry Vedoe, artist and good friend.
Harry Vedoe, Danish/American artist and good friend, Carson, NM

Coming up in September and October!

If you are fortunate to be in Taos on the weekend of September 23-25, 2022, please visit the stables gallery, where I’ll be exhibiting my photography with a group of other artists. The show will consist primarily, of new black and white images, with some of my iconic images alongside.

The Stables Gallery is located at: 133 Paseo del Pueblo Norte Taos, NM 87571

On October 7-31, 2022, I will have a solo exhibition of my Sculpture and Photography, all new work, at the Bareiss Gallery here in Taos

Here’s the advertisement for the exhibit and the details.

Geraint Smith Exhibit at the Bareiss Galley Taos
Exhibition at Bareiss Gallery, Taos, NM

As always, thank you for your support, comments and compliments. Have a good week. G

22 thoughts on “Thunder and Lightning, Portrait, August 10, 2022.”

  1. Sorry to be missing your shows. The colors and composition in the photo of your friend in Carson are breathtaking. Again…well done. And take care. jim

    • Thank you, Jim. I’ll post images from my show. In the meantime I’m glad you check out my work each week. I’m honored. Harry’s portrait came together fortuitously. Thanks, Jim. G

  2. Fell in love with the portrait of the artist as well as his art … why was I unaware you are also a sculptor?
    Best of luck with the galley showing.
    Thanks for another worthwhile blog

    • I’ve been sculpting since 1998, and designed a line of furniture over a span of 15 years. Then I returned to photography full time. I’ll always be an image maker and a sculptor. Thank you for your compliments, Mara. G

  3. Thanks, as always for sharing your great photos. I especially appreciate the portrait of Harry Vedoe whom I have not seen for a few years. He is looking great! What a great healthy energy he exudes! Blessings!

    • Thank you, Robert. My first comment when he greeted us on his threshold was, “you look fabulous, Harry.” He is so lovely and it was great and somewhat emotional to see him again. He surely does exude a healthy attitude and energy. Thanks again, Robert. G

    • Thank you, Mark. You can have a preview for sure. Where do you think you might want go on this years tour. Looking forward to seeing you soon. G

  4. Iconic image of a huge storm, with a single lightning bolt as exclamation point. The couple who was hit by lightning was about a half mile from us. We’re wishing them a complete recovery. Storms can be lethal.

    • Thank you, Steve. I appreciate your compliments. I also appreciate the seriousness of the weather these last couple of months. I got your message and will call tomorrow morning. G

    • Thanks so much, Larry. It was good to chat and catch up this morning. Looking forward to seeing you if it works out, and getting my hands on your 2023 calendar. G

  5. Hi lucky that Harry was wearing his coordinator shirt and reminds me of another wonderful fella I was privileged to
    know for a time.
    Best of luck with the exhibitions do share.


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