Bosque del Apache V: Totems

2013

The initial challenge for me was to compose vertical slices of landscape within the camera vs. carving a vertical image out of an existing horizontal image. Either way though, it causes me to see differently, which is my objective. Limiting much of the surroundings enables me to emphasize verticality.

These eight totems, drawing from both approaches, are meant to provide a different perspective on one of New Mexico’s truly beautiful locations.

Marsh<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Snow Geese<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Sandhills<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Wetlands<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Bald Eagle<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Sandhill<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Cottonwood<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013 Sandhill II<br>Bosque del Apache V: Totems - 2013

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The Teton Range

2013

The Rocky Mountains’ north-south Teton Range includes 9 peaks in excess of 11,000′ elevation, with Grand Teton being the highest at 13,770′. Beginning just south of Yellowstone National Park, the Teton Range is situated primarily on the Wyoming side of the state border with Idaho, with most of the range’s east slope located in the Grand Teton National Park.

This area, 2.5 billion years ago, was an ancient ocean that gradually filled with sand and volcanic debris. As additional sediment deposited over millions of years, heat and pressure metamorphosed this sediment into gneiss, until eventually magma was forced up through the cracks in the gneiss to form granite, anywhere from inches to hundreds of feet thick.

Then, 6-10 million years ago, stretching and thinning of the Earth’s crust caused movement along the Teton fault: as the fault line’s west block rose to create the Teton Range – the youngest of the Rocky Mountains — the fault’s east block collapsed forming the valley called Jackson Hole.

While the west side of the Teton Range appears as high rolling hills transitioning smoothly into flat pasture, the Teton’s spectacular east-facing granite slope — too young to have eroded into soft hills, and without lower peaks to obscure it — rises dramatically 5,000 to 7,000′ above the valley floor.

Teton Range<br>The Teton Range - 2013 Teton Range II<br>The Teton Range - 2013 Grand Teton<br>The Teton Range - 2013 Grand Teton II<br>The Teton Range - 2013 Grand Teton III<br>The Teton Range - 2013

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What Are Totems?

Looking at a book on Alaskan Totem Poles a few years ago got me thinking that totems were panoramics turned on their end. (more…)

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Bosque del Apache I

2011

Spanish for ‘Woods of the Apache’, the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge was established in 1939 to help protect the endangered Sandhill Cranes. Situated on the Rio Grande in south-central New Mexico, 90 miles south of Albuquerque, this tiny high desert wetland serves as a crowded migratory rest stop for thousands of snow geese and 10-15,000 Sandhill Cranes heading down the continent as winter approaches, and again on their return north for breeding season.

Though it’s been eight years since I moved from Maryland’s eastern shore to Santa Fe, I still marvel at the contrast between New Mexico’s high desert wetlands rimmed by 6-7,000’ mountains, to the eastern shore’s low country wetlands surrounded by the Chesapeake Bay. Even more profound, however, is the contrast between the moisture-laden eastern shore light and New Mexico’s high, dry, ever clear atmosphere.

To view more images of Bosque del Apache, see Bosque del Apache II and Bosque del Apache III

Bosque del Apache<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011 Woods of the Apache<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011 Snow Geese<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011 Wetlands II<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011 Wetlands Against Chupederas<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011 Pair of Sandhills<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011 Bosque Totem<br>Bosque del Apache - 2011

Bosque Apache II

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Seascapes VII

2007

Pacific NW Coast III

This is my third series captured during my 2010 roadtrip along the northern California and Oregon coasts. Though rarely blessed with optimal light, I was able to take the time for moments of sun to break through. From the cliffs along the Lost Coast in northern California, to the many rivers flowing into the Pacific, to the wonderfully wide and empty Oregon beaches, to tidal Netarts Bay just north of Cape Lookout contained by a five-mile stretch of beach, the Pacific NW coast is rugged and varied.

The south-flowing Pacific current along the NW coast and the weather, both constantly in motion, offer the perfect foil for overlaying my images with a sense of the passage of time.

Lost Coast<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007 Tidal Composition<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007 Tide Pool<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007 Beach Containing Neetarts Bay<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007 Neetarts Bay<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007 Neetarts Bay II<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007 Seaweed Composition<br>Seascapes VII: Pacific NW Coast III - 2007

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Aspen Orange

2007

Santa Fe sits on the windward side of the Sangre de Cristo (Blood of Christ) mountain range. This southernmost subrange of the Rocky Mountains extends from Southern Colorado to Glorieta Pass southeast of Santa Fe.

Immediately northeast of Santa Fe, Santa Fe Mountain’s (10,350’) west face is blessed with an enormous aspen stand. Lit by the evening’s last light, they glow atop the mountain for all of Santa Fe to see.

Amongst the Aspens’ beautiful taupe trunks are the occasional aberrant blood-orange boles. Standing out like sentinels, their contrast is truly magical.

Aspen Grove<br>Aspen Orange - 2007 Aspen Orange<br>Aspen Orange - 2007 Aspen Orange II<br>Aspen Orange - 2007 Aspen Orange III<br>Aspen Orange - 2007 Aspen Orange IV<br>Aspen Orange - 2007 Aspen Orange V<br>Aspen Orange - 2007 Aspen Forest<br>Aspen Orange - 2007

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