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.
I had never, in the third of a century I’ve lived in New Mexico, hiked to Williams Lake from the Taos Ski Valley so I corrected that lapse last week. Williams Lake is high — really high, above 11,000 feet. It’s in a beautiful mountain basin and I have yet to see a photo (including this one) that does it justice. I really enjoyed the time I spent there.
The John Dunn Bridge, at the confluence of the Rio Hondo (foreground) and Rio Grande (background, under the bridge) in the Rio Grande Gorge.
The chamisa (aka “rabbitbrush” in every other western state) is already blooming up in the Rio Chama Valley, close to Christ in the Desert Monastery.