....I'm catching up with my blog/newsletter with the hope to write and share more often....so back in October I was showing in NM and:
I'm always eager for opportunities to show my work back in New Mexico. Along with my wife Lisa, we had a Studio, gallery and a residence there in Taos from 1989 until 2004. So as it was in October I returned to Albuquerque for my annual two weekend show at the Rio Grande Arts Festival. It has been a very successful event for me over the last 3 years and I will be returning. This show coincides with the Annual Balloon fiesta...and is held over two weekends....leaving me four full days, Monday through Thursday to grab my cameras and go explore photographing landscapes!
My first destination was to Chaco Canyon....I planned to spend 2 days there, with an overnight sleeping in my Van! So necessary because Chaco is very remote and it is the only way to capture both sunsets and sunrises there at the park. It had been 10 years since my last visit...Chaco really is a extraordinary place to explore and to photograph the dramatic landscape, the Anasazi ruins and even wildlife!
First though, on the way to Chaco while leaving Albuquerque I first stopped for a dawn hike at Tent Rocks, near Cochiti, NM. Tent Rocks has a hike through a slot canyon....and now is at the top of my favorite hikes! Here are some photos from Tent Rocks....
Now on to Chaco Canyon...I arrived in the afternoon and began exploring and shooting several hundred photographs of the landscape, ruins and even encountered 2 different groups of Elk all in the bright New Mexico sunshine!
After my visit to Chaco, I wanted to explore a new place I had heard and read about...the Bisti Badlands, which is federal BLM land south of Farmington, NM. The Bisti landscape is out of this world....it actually is a mile wide and wider arroyo wash that exhibits an immense amount of erosion, yielding extraordinary landscape forms and buttes. There is no trail....it I an open vast landscape to just explore. My plan was to spend the afternoon there and setup for a full moon/super moon rise at sunset! Well....unfortunately weather and clouds moved in to scrub my hopes of a full moon photograph that day. It was a substantial storm for the 4 corners region....so I decided to move east ....hoping to maybe get ahead of the cloudy weather, and visit Taos for some photography around the area I used to call home!
Here are some images from the Bisti
Now heading East the next morning a head of the clouds in Northern New Mexico to Taos....I recalled an old train depot in Chama, NM....it is a Narrow Gauge called the Cumbres and Toltec. So with fair skies and time in the afternoon I stopped into Chama and explored the historic old gritty Depot.
I know Taos very well, after living there for over 12 years. I made my obligatory stop at the Gorge Bridge....before heading into town just as the clouds and rain caught up to me. So there was no classic sunset Taos photograph to take....only the hope of capturing a beautiful dawn was on my mind. After seeing old friends that night....I struck out the next morning prior to sunrise with cloudy skies after a night of rain. Clouds are a good thing....so I headed over to St. Francis Church on Ranchos Plaza for some classic photos of the famous and most photographed church in America! Lisa and I lived there on Ranchos Plaza for 5 years in the shadow of St. Francis church....so it is very nostolgic for me to return to that special place.
Here are some photos from my short and rainy visit to Taos....
New Mexico....it's enchanted landscapes, unique history and cultural diversity make it a fertile place for photography and....especially for me inspiring subject matter that I most enjoy painting expressively in watercolor. I will often return and I will often photograph and paint those subjects dear to me that my travels inspire!