A field at the Ladd S. Gordon Waterfowl Area in Bernardo, with a spectacular December sky.
Summer often gently fades into fall, and fall into winter. Not so this year; it became fall rather suddenly and, likewise, winter arrived with a blast about a week and a half ago. Last weekend’s storm, which didn’t quite make it down to town, was followed by a Thanksgiving storm which dumped 3-6 inches on Albuquerque itself — setting a record for the most snow this early in the winter.
I don’t like the cold but I do love taking photos of storms. So I bundled up, went out, and took photos of the Sandias from Elena Gallegos Picnic Area (aka Simms Park) last week. They look so beautifully icy from below … but I can’t imagine actually being up there (the weather said it was 7 degrees Fahrenheit at the Crest this morning). Happy early winter!
Aspens, ponderosas, and storm clouds in the northern part of the Jemez, near San Pedro Parks Wilderness. It’s been an unusual fall in many ways: the aspens didn’t really turn colors until mid-October (usually they change around the beginning of the month). At the same time, it’s been quite a bit chillier than usual. I took this photo on October 18 — just 9 days ago — and got snowed on about an hour before this moment.
One of my all-time favorite stretches of road: US Highway 550, between San Ysidro and Cuba. I took this photo a couple of days ago. It’s an extraordinarily late/slow fall — chamisa (in the left foreground) usually doesn’t bloom this late.
The Taos Junction Bridge, framed by blooming chamisa and red Virginia creeper, crosses the Rio Grande within the Gorge, some miles southwest of Taos. (I’m not completely sure why it’s called Taos Junction since it’s closer to both Carson and Pilar than Taos.) This area is beautiful at any time of the year but perhaps most gorgeous (so to speak) in the fall.