Colors of the Rio Grande

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An icy backwater (not the main channel) of the Rio Grande, down in the canyon near Pilar

I shot this just before Christmas and just wanted to share. It’s one of our favorite places.

I also guess by now you’re wondering if every post will lead off with a big photo, and the answer is, I don’t know. They certainly don’t have to, but it’s so much fun. I can get away with short posts, too. There’s so much genius in this format for the likes of me, I don’t know where to start. Naked words on a big white page look more important. I feel strong. It makes me want to focus more and make stuff happen.

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  • Ian January 8, 2013, 7:43 AM

    Love the photos. A picture is worth……….
    Curious as to what camera you are using.


    • JHF January 8, 2013, 8:17 AM

      Hi Ian! Thanks. The camera is a Pentax k-x DSLR, several years old. I use the Auto setting on every shot and sometimes tweak a little afterwards in Photoshop. The lenses are the standard Pentax kit lenses, an 18-55mm wide-angle and a 55-300mm telephoto.

      I’ve been taking and publishing photos like this for a long time, but the reaction to these 900 pixel images beats anything I’ve done before. I guess size matters!

  • Beckey Phipps January 8, 2013, 8:39 AM

    I love your photos and commentary, and look forward to them…you seem so inspired by the opportunities that are abounding in this new format, this time of year, the mystical beauty of the landscape without and within…I am a happy beneficiary, thank you! I encourage you to keep a goin’…for whatever that is worth.

    • JHF January 8, 2013, 8:54 AM

      It’s worth a lot, Beckey, so thank you right back. These posts are more direct and spontaneous in many ways. Satisfies the itch to “get it out there” so I can pay more attention to writing books. That’s the idea here, although it seems to be developing a life of its own.

  • KarenK in Portland January 8, 2013, 5:23 PM

    I vote for keeping the big photos. That’s what drew me to your blog in the first place. Then your writing invited me to stay.

    • JHF January 8, 2013, 7:19 PM

      Excellent! Thank you. Don’t worry, the photos will continue.

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