Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

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.

8 thoughts on “Wolf Moon Rising, Setting, Northern New Mexico.”

  1. This is your “Moonrise, Hernandez, NM.” 😉

    I hope you and Pam continue to be well. I probably will return to Santa Fe sometime in April and then again in July and August and will be in touch. I’ve been thinking about doing another day with you, but this time focusing on buildings. As a traveler for the last 50 years who is going to any number of exotic places, I always seem to take a lot of pictures of buildings of one sort or another. I’d like to improve that aspect of my photo taking.

    BEST,

    MICHAEL

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  2. thanks. Many of us think – oh, he drives around – has his camera. there’s a lot of work that can go into a photo, – yes, some luck, but a lot of work. These are some wonderful photos. Thanks Geraint.

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    • Thank you, Ron. That’s greatly appreciated. And thank you also for joining my email list. See you online or at the grocery store. G

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  3. Hi Geraint,
    These are just so beautiful. I love to really take in your photographs. Your nighttime excursions have inspired me to surprise my husband (who has a nice camera) with one of your classes. He has a good artistic eye as well that needs to be nurtured. We cannot travel because of Covid, but have hopes of staying in Hesperus in the summer.
    Best to you and stay safe, Alexis

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    • Thank you so much, Alexis. I really appreciate your comments and compliments. I’m taking bookings for later this year. It would be my pleasure to work with your husband when you are ready. Stay well, safe and healthy. G

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