Category: Big Sky

Meadow with Wildflowers

Meadow with Wildflowers

A meadow high in the Sandias, covered with wildflowers.

Thunderheads at Valles Caldera

Gathering Clouds at Valles Caldera

Cumulus clouds gathering over the old barn at Valles Caldera predict a monsoon-season thunderstorm.

Meadow View, 2022 Edition

Looking East from the Sandias During Monsoon Season

This is one of my favorite views on the east side of the Sandias; I particularly like this monsoon version. Here are a few earlier photos:

Calf Canyon / Hermit’s Peak Smoke Plume

Smoke Plume from the Calf Canyon Fire

A typical northern New Mexican scene — with the exception of the giant smoke plume in the background (photo taken two weeks ago). I first posted about this fire five weeks ago; it’s hard to believe it’s still going strong. Worse yet, the Forest Service announced a couple of days ago that, not only has this been the largest wildfire in New Mexican history, both parts of it were caused by the Forest Service itself. Heartbreaking.

I’ll stop posting wildfire photos when the fires end.

Sunset in the Rio Chama Valley

Sunset in the Rio Chama Valley

Looking south-southeast at sunset from my camping spot in the Rio Chama Valley a week ago. I think many of the clouds in the photo were actually mixed with smoke from the Calf Canyon fire (still going strong, unfortunately). For all its destruction, wildfire often makes for exceptionally pretty sunsets.

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