The Cumbres & Toltec train steams through the blazing fall colors of scrub oak and aspen, north of Chama.
If you go up Highway 84 from Chama (NM) to Pagosa Springs (CO), you’ll go past land features that are classically New Mexican — such as this rock formation. Barely five minutes later, you’ll cross the state line into Colorado and find yourself surrounded by rocky mountain peaks — classic Colorado scenery. I was up there this past week and the scrub oak was just blazing, especially on the New Mexico side of the border. I’ve seldom seen it this colorful.
I suppose you could say the East Fork of the Jemez is my favorite body of water. It’s actually a very modest little babbling brook that’s easily crossed on foot in most places, most times of the year, so “body of water” is perhaps too grand a characterization — but I do love every inch I’ve ever seen of it. This shot shows what I think of as a fairly typical Jemez “tent” rock along the stream, on a late summer afternoon.
An old wooden bridge at Terrero, over the Pecos; I took the photo from a newer (not-so-pretty) bridge. Yes, it really is wooden. I even walked across it and it felt quite stable. But no way would I take a car over it..
This is a Boisduval’s Blue butterfly, I think. (I’m not an expert with butterfly IDs.) I saw it a bit west of Chama about a week-and-a-half ago.