Sangre de Cristo Mountains II


Another series of captures from “my” 8,500′ ridge vantage point, 20 miles north of Santa Fe, offers dramatic “takes” of the Sangre’s west face — including its foothills — leading up to its 12,000′ peaks perched under a late afternoon sky.

As direct sunlight still bathes the nearby foothills, the receding Sangre peaks read as a distant blue line of demarcation that separate the Blood of Christ ridge from the Western cloud-laden sky. These three receding horizontal elements of color and texture afford an array of blending possibilities…

Sangre Mountains <br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains II — 2015 Sangre Mountains II<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains II — 2015 Sangre Mountains III<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains II — 2015 Sangre Mountains IV<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains II — 2015 Sangre Mountains V<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains II — 2015

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Sangre de Cristo Mountains IV


The fourth of ten successive explorations of the Santa Fe Baldy portion of the Sangre de Cristo range, just north of Santa Fe.

Santa Fe Baldy<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains IV - 2013 Santa Fe Baldy II<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains IV - 2013 Santa Fe Baldy III<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains IV - 2013 Santa Fe Baldy IV<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains IV - 2013 Santa Fe Baldy V<br>Sangre de Cristo Mountains IV - 2013

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Truchas Peaks


The Truchas Peaks are 25 miles northeast of Santa Fe in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. Spanish for “trout”, it is north-south trending with four identifiable summits including South Truchas Peak, 13,102’, the second highest independent peak in New Mexico and North Truchas Peak, 13,024’.

The birth of the Sangre de Cristos Mountains, the southernmost subrange of the Rockies, began 80 million years ago when the Farallon Plate slid under the North American Plate at such a shallow subduction, it created a broad belt of mountains running down North America. The low angle moved the focus of crustal melting and mountain building much farther inland than the normal 2-300 miles. Over the past 60 million years, erosion stripped away the high rocks, revealing the ancestral rocks beneath, which have since been eroded by water and glaciers to sculpt the Rockies into dramatic peaks and valleys.

I was fortunate to capture Truchas Peaks in late light, immediately following the first snow.

Truchas Peaks<br>Truchas Peaks - 2011 First Snow<br>Truchas Peaks - 2011 Blended Range<br>Truchas Peaks - 2011 Truchas Range<br>Truchas Peaks - 2011 Truchas Range II<br>Truchas Peaks - 2011 Truchas Last Light<br>Truchas Peaks - 2011


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Galisteo Basin III


Concentrating once again on the Galisteo Basin, situated between Santa Fe and Albuquerque, I captured the mountain ranges in its south and west quadrants, plus to the north the very southern end of the last of the Sangre de Cristo foothills – such beautiful high desert light emphasizing their relative elevations.

To view more images of Galisteo Basin, see Galisteo Basin I and  Galisteo Basin II

Southwest<br>Galisteo Basin III - 2011 Southeast<br>Galisteo Basin III - 2011 West<br>Galisteo Basin III - 2011 North<br>Galisteo Basin III - 2011 Northeast<br>Galisteo Basin III - 2011 South<br>Galisteo Basin III - 2011

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Galisteo Basin II


So taken by this basin’s spectacular views at Santa Fe’s southern doorstep, I find myself returning again and again.

An upwelling of the Earth’s mantle thirty million years ago caused a pair of parallel fault zones, 40 miles apart, to cut north-south through New Mexico from the San Juan Mountains in south central Colorado to the southwestern tip of Texas; 8-10 million years later, this slice of the Earth’s crust sank as much as 5 miles, creating the Rio Grande Rift, which in turn extended a network of fault patterns that pulled apart the Earth’s crust to the breaking point. From the Rio Grande Rift west to the Sierras, these faults were the genesis of the southwest’s predominate Basin & Range topography: fallen crustal blocks created basins; uplifted blocks became mountain ranges.

Low-angled high-desert light with some cloud cover makes it possible to emphasize the differing characters of these surrounding mountains

To view more images of Galisteo Basin, see Galisteo Basin I and  Galisteo Basin III

Light Line<br>Galisteo Basin II - 2011 Sangre Foothills South<br>Galisteo Basin II - 20118 Sangre Foothills South II<br>Galisteo Basin II - 2011 Las Conchas Forest Fire<br>Galisteo Basin II - 2011 Southwest<br>Galisteo Basin II - 2011 South<br>Galisteo Basin II - 2011

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Trees II


In the Woods 

Fifteen years after Trees I, I returned to my earliest motif. Trees were no longer a subject to be mastered, I saw their nuances and spirit in a way I had not earlier in my career. In deconstructing these images, I walked a fine line between representation and abstraction, yet when I released control and allowed the trees to speak, their story informed my lens.

In the Woods<br>Trees II - 2006 Canyon de Chelly<br>Trees II - 2006 Chelly Relief<br>Trees II - 2006 Last Light<br>Trees II - 2006 Aspen Stand<br>Trees II - 2006 Santa Fe Mountain<br>Trees II - 2006

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