A recent photo tour with a couple mixed media artists took us up into the High Road area. After lunch at Sugar Nymph's (fantastic food) we went up into the Llano San Juan area. Some storm clouds were a brewing which made places I had been to quite a few times look new again. This old ruin was no exception. Just enough light on the dandelions in the foreground and some nasty looking storm clouds in the background made this old building come alive to me through the lens.
Tuesday, June 28, 2016
There is no way to remember how many times I have driven by this place, but for those of you driving between Taos and Santa Fe, it is worth the stop. I met Johnnie Meier (owner) and made the comment, "I saw you on TV"....he just laughed and said, "I guess I am famous then". Wonderful guy and very personable. No charge to check out the museum and for a photographer it is worth the stop. Johnnie told me half is for sale the other half is not....I guess it up to the customer to figure out which half is for sale. Nothing is marked. The outside is rusty gold. An old Bob's Big Boy statue was first to greet me. There is also an old metal hamburger stand that he has restored that he told me he found in the Espanola dump. But the inside of the the main building is what really caught my eye. Old gas signs, cans, gas pump globes with tons of fluorescent lights....this place glowed!! A gas memorabilia collectors heaven.
Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Last Saturday I went to the Jacob Mastic Memorial Rodeo at Mortenson Ranch south of Santa Fe. I came away with 100's of great action shots during the 2 hours I was there. This image shows one of the rare times that the cow actually comes out on the winning side...feisty booger!!! Besides slipping out of the leg ropes he was able to escape by dragging one of the participants away and putting another into a full face plant.
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Monday, June 6, 2016
Rio Pueblo Waterfall - Pilar, NM - 2016
Our great friends Colin & Nikki Bushell from The Gap, Australia stayed with us for a few days this last week. Colin is a fantastic photographer and writer and is documenting his way around the world which included a few days stop over here in Taos along the way. He had been seeing many of my images on Facebook for the last few years and of course had a list of places he wanted to see for himself once here in town. We spent 2 very full days on the back roads of norther New Mexico visiting the High Road, Llano San Juan, Chimayo, Plaza Blanca, Abiquiu, Ghost Ranch, Rio Grande Gorge and all three bridges, Mabel Dodge Lujan House, Martinez Hacienda, San Francisco de Asis Church......and many more. By the time we arrived back home each evening we were all so tired it was really just a quick beer and then off to bed for us all. I hope they were very pleased with the places we went and not too exhausted to enjoy them all. Next time I hope they have more time to stay with us...so much more to see.
The above image was one of the many locations we visited that I have not posted on this blog before. It is just upstream on the Rio Pueblo before it joined the Rio Grande, all in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.
I know it is the start of summer soon and today is Memorial Day, but I thought looking back on the season behind us would be fun....and cooler!. This is in a village a little south of Taos.
I took this image quite a few years ago and do not know if it is even still there but ran across the image while looking for some scenes for an an artist friend of mine to paint from. It would be fun to see what she can come up with using her talents and medium. I pulled it from my archive to post here because I love the starkness of the bricks, walls and courtyard against the bright red door. You will only see these kind of scenes in New Mexico.
This rainbow stretched all the way across the Taos Valley and it was close enough to me that even my wide angle wouldn't give me the full rainbow with the mountain in the background. I do have other images with the full rainbow but thought this image showed the best of that days colors. If you look close enough in the foreground in front of the mountain you can see the start of a double rainbow...it is faint though.