That New Mexico light

That New Mexico light

Today I share a collection of photographs that I took in New Mexico.  I can't believe the light there - I always get such wonderful sunrises and sunsets.  Maybe it's due to some factor I am not aware of, but I don't care.  It helps me get better photos, so I love it!

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Exploring Plaza Blanca

Exploring Plaza Blanca

Back in March, we spent some time in Abiquiu, New Mexico and one afternoon went out to explore a nearby spot known as the White Place, or Plaza Blanca.  It's famous for being the favorite local spot and frequent inspiration of famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and it's pretty magnificent.  Today's post is a collection of 23 photos I captured while hiking around there one afternoon.  It's almost a lunar landscape, and I think you will enjoy this.  Have a look!

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Sunrise in Abiquiu

Sunrise in Abiquiu

I absolutely love to get up and shoot the sunrise, and even if it isn't that great, I always feel good getting some creative time first thing in the morning.  But on a recent trip to New Mexico, I planned to sleep in, but I guess Mother Nature had a different idea, because I woke up in time to shoot an absolutely amazing and colorful sunrise.  Here are 12 photos that will give you a good sense of just how beautiful it was!

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Sunset in Abiquiu (and some travel updates!)

Sunset in Abiquiu (and some travel updates!)

My family and I spent a recent week in Abiquiu, NM - in this wonderful casita perched high on a hill with a commanding view of the surrounding countryside.  It was beautiful, and of course I took a lot of photos.  Today's post has 14 pics that I took on the evening we arrived, so dive on in and enjoy the sunset and the pics!

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The open road

There's just something about the open road out West - it just pulls you in.  Wide open spaces, mountains in the distance, and nice puffy clouds floating by...click.

I took this shot out the car window while driving on a back road outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico.  We were heading to the Christ in the Desert Monastery.  It was something like 13 miles down this road.  Though the monastery was interesting, I don't think I would go back - unless I just wanted more road shots!

Clouds over Ghost Ranch

Sometimes, I ignore all the rules on composition and just aim my camera at something interesting.  The clouds out in New Mexico are just so fabulous!

Ghost Ranch

Day 3 of Santa Fe week: The amazing landscapes of Ghost Ranch!

Ghost Ranch is out in Abiquiu, NM and is about 1 hour sorta northwest of Santa Fe.  Yep, 1 hour in the car - but the amazing landscapes are well worth it.  Ghost Ranch is an inn and conference center, mostly centered around the arts.  It's well known as the place where the artist Georgia O'Keeffe spent a lot of her time, painting so many of the masterpieces she is best know for.  When you see the landscapes around here, you will know why she was so inspired to paint the land.  It's incredible.  

There are several different trails to hike on here, and you can literally spend a full day there if you have that much energy.  But if you are looking for some good hiking and great photography, take the trail to Chimney Rock (photo above).  It's only a fairly strenuous hike, you can get it done in around an hour and a half or so (well, that depends on how many photos you are taking, though) and the scenery is fantastic.

This next shot is an easy one to get - no hiking required.  Just get out of your car, and turn around.  Easy!!

Red earth

The family is busy gearing up for a holiday over in Santa Fe, NM real soon.  We are pretty excited to get back to that lovely town.  Despite it's fairly small size, there is a whole lot to see and do there, and thankfully we have seen and done a lot of it before.  I am thankful because that means we get to relax quite a bit, and not hurry around trying to get to everything.  It also means we have already "test-driven" the various sites and have our favorites picked out for a return visit.  We'll be there for around a week, which will be our longest visit there to date.  Should be awesome.  Oh yeah, and I'm bringing the camera.  :)

I shot this on our visit there last summer.  We were out at Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, which is where Georgia O'Keeffe spent so much of her time, painting and documenting the beauty of the landscape. It's a special place - you can tell when you get there.  It's about a 45 minute drive outside of Santa Fe.  I'm not totally sure I will make it there this year, but if I do you can bet I will return with a photo or two!

Landscapes and dreams

There is just something about a Southwest landscape that just captures me.  They are fabulous.  Colorful, rugged, and beautiful.  I caught this one at the Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu, New Mexico.  It's well known as the place where Georgia O'Keeffe spent much of her time painting.  It's pretty easy to see why she loved it so!

This is a short post, but please come back tomorrow.  I have a 2011 summary post I will be sharing, and talking about my plans for 2012.  I hope you can stop by!