I have a wonderful new view of Taos and the mountains look stunning this cold December afternoon, topped with snow and a healthy veil of clouds.
The amazing sunsets of northern New Mexico provide plenty of outlets for my obsession with the colors of dusk. The late summer and early fall sunsets have been anything but disappointing this year, even with my recent move 1000 feet down from El Salto into the hidden valley of Valdez.
Since last October, I've been rehearsing with a band that calls itself Cosmic Dog here in Taos, New Mexico. I believe Chris Burton's original music, which will make a public debut 9pm Friday, April 15th at the Midtown Lounge in Arroyo Hondo, New Mexico, is amazing. I'm more excited than I think I have ever been playing his incredible variety of original songs.
Wind, and dust, and sneezing, and coughing. Not what it was like last time this year at all!
As the cloud ceiling receded off of El Salto this afternoon, they revealed the encroaching snow line on Taos Mountain. Less than 1500 feet above me, the reality that winter is almost here is setting in.
Two nights in a row in early June provided some spectacular colors at sunset from our viewpoint on El Salto. I captured this one on the second night as the twilight was fading.
I got a clear view of the entire Taos Valley this morning hiking El Salto, with the only snow a thousand feet behind me on the higher peaks. Spring has arrived, finally.
I moved to Taos to experience actual seasons, but I'm starting to wonder if Spring is going to be able to overtake old man Winter.
I moved to Taos to experience actual seasons; and the western slopes of the Sangre de Cristos gave me exactly what I asked for. When the temperatures outside my tiny mountain chalet plummeted to 7 degrees the night before Halloween, we knew it too.
Even the locals, referred to as Taoseños, have remarked on the great quantity of snow we received this past season. It was certainly more snow than I had seen in a single winter in my first 37 years. I definitely was not disappointed.