May, 2016

May 16

New Mexico—Rio Grande River Gorge

Photograph of the Rio Grande River Gorge near Taos, New MexicoThe Rio Grande River Gorge is about 800 feet deep (240m) and is nearly 50 miles in length. It is very dramatic when viewed from the Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, but, I imagine, it is much more dramatic when viewed from whitewater rapids. The Rio Grande river is part of the National Wild and Scenic River System and has Class II to Class V white water rapids.

May 16

New Mexico—Carson Forest Snowstorm

Photograph of a truck, horses and ranch buildings in a snowstorm in the Carson Forest, New MexicoWe planned a trip to Chama, New Mexico, along highway 64. Rain, however, quickly turned into snow, and, soon, the road disappeared completely. We turned back shortly after we passed this isolated ranch.

May 16

New Mexico—Rancho De Taos Building

Photograph of an adobe buildings with a blue door and chile ristras near Rancho De Taos, New MexicoA colorful building in the Rancho De Taos Plaza. Rancho De Taos is best known for the San Francisco de Asis Mission Church, the subject of several paintings by the artist Georgia O’Keeffe, as well as photographs by Ansel Adams and many others. This building is located right next to the church.

May 16

New Mexico–Taos Indian Pueblo 2015 Visit (4)

new_mex_09A small business located near the entrance to the Taos Pueblo. The trees behind the building are cottonwoods and, in October, provide much of the Fall color around Taos.

May 16

New Mexico–Taos Indian Pueblo 2015 Visit (3)

Photograph of an adobe buildings in the Taos Indian Pueblo, Taos, New MexicoA chilly morning at the Taos Pueblo. In earlier times, pueblo adobes did not have doors; access to the building was through the roof. Ladders could be pulled up for safety. Ladders are still common, but most adobes have doors and windows, and most are painted blue.