Mountains

Fearless Vista Porn

Flag Mountain near Questa, NM

Forty-five minutes from town

June 2, 2019. This road is steeper than it looks. In wet times it turns into chocolate slop and dries to polished stone. The ruts are deep enough you keep away. Can’t send her out on a road like this, she’d have to learn to drive my truck. On the other hand there might be [...]

North County Vista

north of Questa

Photobombed by dragonfly

We drove up north of Questa on Sunday to see a house about 45 minutes from Taos. It’s on a crazy bad road like everything else and really not for us but oh so inexpensive. Plucked the strings of my cheap little heart it did. When we got home I mentioned it was modular and [...]

Easter Mountains

mountain  view near Taos, NM

Taos out of sight down in the valley past the last green ridge

On Sunday I drove us up here in the Dodge Dakota. The 4.7 L V-8’s dual exhausts throbbed and rumbled all the way through Talpa, along the Rio Grande del Rancho, and up into the mountains on sweeping, empty curves past patches of snow and fallen rocks. Every damn stump looked like a bear. The [...]

Clean and Cold

Taos Mountain in the snow and clouds

Taos Mountain, 12,310 feet. A 200mm telephoto shot from close by on the Llano ridge.

This is another view from Sunday. That’s Taos Mountain, of course, or Pueblo Peak, which almost no one calls it. Sometimes you see a ring of clouds like that around the mountains in the bitter cold that can develop after a heavy snow. The daytime high stays under freezing. More solar radiation bounces off than [...]

Picuris Peak Morning

Picuris Peak at dawn

Shot with Pentax K-x on auto w/ 55-300 telephoto lens 50 yards from my front door

You can’t see the summit, but it’s up there under the highest cloud that still shows a touch of morning pink. At 10,801 feet it’s not the tallest mountain in these parts, but it’s the closest. I’ve hiked up there, not all the way to the top, but almost, on the back side you can’t [...]

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