Category: Northern New Mexico

The Turquoise Door

The Turquoise Door

There’s a small domed building near Abiquiu that’s endlessly fascinating to me — I think it’s a shrine or a small chapel. It’s had several incarnations, or at least that’s how it appears to me. The most recent features a turquoise door with sunflowers,yellow chairs, and yellow grass.


Plaza Blanca Slot

Plaza Blanca Slot Canyon

I went up to the Abiquiu area two weekends ago. I had a bad case of spring fever and being there helped alleviate it. My timing was excellent — even by last weekend I’d adopted “social distancing” enough that I wouldn’t have gone. Theoretically, I could still go out and about … but somehow it doesn’t seem like a good idea.

I went to Plaza Blanca all three days I was there. Canyon country seems to change dramatically every day so it was always a new experience.

For whatever reason, COVID-19 has dropped much more activity into my lap rather than less, so there are still many photos left to be processed from that trip. I am grateful that my life remains rich (although perhaps not so much in the photography realm) but am looking forward to a bit of a break at some point.

Hope all is well with you and your loved ones!


Cerro Pedernal

O'Keeffe Country with Cerro Pedernal in the Background

A classic O’Keeffe country scene, with Cerro Pedernal in the background.


Gone to Seed

Dried Sunflowers

Sunflowers, gone to seed, along the Jemez River — with a backdrop of yellow cottonwoods.


Storm Clouds and Aspens

Storm Clouds and Aspens

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.


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