Snow Day Around the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

A snowy day in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument always seems to give me itchy feet. That’s English slang for the “desire to travel”. Soon I will be traveling to the sunny beaches of Baja Mexico but that’s another story, for now I simply drop into the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument during one of our moisture laden Northern New Mexico snow storms.

I was a little surprised at the effect that the weather, snow and fog, had on my images of the day. I purposely chose to shoot with a “smallish” aperture in an attempt to increase the depth of field, and in capturing these images the histogram shifted a little to the left, that is to say, slightly on the dark side. With the falling snow, the dense fog and the soft subtle light, the images took on a character their own.

Here’s the results.

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Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentWow, look at all the Taos County attractions.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentThis solo Bald Eagle was perched over the Rio Grande and watching for it’s next snack. They mainly feed on fish but will take waterfowl.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentTwo more perched high in the leafless cottonwoods. Perhaps discussing dinner options.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentView looking upstream at the Taos Junction Bridge.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentHooded Merganser. Our smallest merganser with it’s long body, long tail and the unique “hammerhead” crest.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentLooking across to the East rim of the gorge through the snow and fog. The river being hidden down below.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentChamisa. You can see the river through the fog.  (click on the image to enlarge)

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentBlack and white of Mormon Schoolhouse roof.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentJust East of Carson, West of the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, on State Highway 567 sits this Mormon Schoolhouse.

Snow day around the Rio Grande del Norte National MonumentI stopped in at the Carson Market for some “always fresh” food and picked up some really fresh popcorn.

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About Britt Runyon

A New Mexico based free roaming outdoor digital photographer, always on the qui vive for what Nature and humans provide.
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