Sunflowers, gone to seed, along the Jemez River — with a backdrop of yellow cottonwoods.
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.
Late summer sunflowers overlook the Rio Chama near Abiquiu.
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.