Winter in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

Photographing winter in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument brings with it many challenges, not only trying to stay warm but keeping the lens clear and the camera dry.

The drive in, down and out of the Carson National Forest into the monument proved to be a challenge unto itself. I didn’t get first tracks.

Winter driving into the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.The view upstream of the Rio Grande Gorge from the Taos Junction Bridge shows the previous night’s snow fall.

Winter view of the Rio Grande Gorge, NM.

Snow covered Autumn leaves of the Cottonwood Trees provided a nice abstract image.Snow covered leaves.Then the next squall of snowy winter weather arrived bringing a fierce wind blowing the flakes horizontally. Winder winds along the Rio Grande, NM.A lone tree endures the winter cold while enjoying the moisture.Winter snow flies in the Rio Grande Gorge, New Mexico. The howling wind plastered the snow flakes to everything in it’s path. Here the thistle took on a brand new look.

Snow covered thistle along the Rio Grande, New Mexico.I then encountered a bachelor group of Bighorn Sheep dining on the ice covered and frozen sage. Yum!

A winter meal for bighorn sheep, New Mexico. Wintering Bighorn Sheep. Bighorn Sheep taking a break. Young Bighorn Sheep.Britt Runyon

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A New Mexico based free roaming outdoor digital photographer, always on the qui vive for what Nature and humans provide.
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2 Responses to Winter in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument

  1. Cathy Jo Robison says:

    Your photos just keep getting better and better. I really like the lone tree there is such an ethereal feel a feeling that I seems closer in winter than other times. Thanks for sharing.

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