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Second encounter with fall foliage

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October 16th in northern New Mexico was overcast and sometimes rainy. Arriving in Santa Fe hours too early for our hotel room to be ready, we drove north of the town on US 84 to see what interesting things we might find. In the vicinity of Tesuque Pueblo colorful fall trees, mostly but not only cottonwoods (Populus deltoides subsp. wislizenii), made their presence known.



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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 24, 2022 at 2:01 AM

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  1. Every bit as wonderful as a New England scene.

    Steve Gingold

    November 24, 2022 at 8:25 AM

    • The higher altitude (over 7000 ft.) compensates for the lower latitude compared to Massachusetts.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 24, 2022 at 8:49 AM

  2. The Happiest of Thanksgivings to Eve and you,

    Steve. All well here and love from Ariana and me.


    November 24, 2022 at 8:52 AM

  3. My first thought when I opened your post? “Those look like cottonwoods.” I think they’re every bit as lovely as the maples and such; they certainly brightened my October trip through Kansas a few years ago.


    November 24, 2022 at 10:37 AM

    • And cottonwoods they are. I’ve learned that the ones along the upper Rio Grande in New Mexico are a different subspecies from the deltiodes subspecies we have in Austin. I agree with you that the fall foliage displayed by cottonwoods in New Mexico rivals that of maples and other trees. When I planned this trip I was thinking almost exclusively of picturesque geology, as shown in so many of the posts about our trip so far. By chance we landed in Santa Fe and vicinity at the peak of fall color, which of course I reveled in. More pictures are on the way.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 24, 2022 at 11:04 AM

  4. Another piece in the mosaic tells us that our world is beautiful. Happy Thanksgiving!

    Peter Klopp

    November 24, 2022 at 12:39 PM

  5. Those are gorgeous trees!


    November 27, 2022 at 11:33 AM

  6. Gorgeous color. I’ve been through Santa Fe but never when colors like this were present. That last photo is nice with the darker trunks against the lighter yellows.

    Todd Henson

    November 27, 2022 at 12:35 PM

    • Same here: as much time as I’ve spent in Santa Fe, especially in the 1970s, I don’t think any of my visits took place in the fall.

      Regarding the last picture, I’m fond of doing tight shots of trees that contrast branches with foliage.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 28, 2022 at 8:34 PM

  7. Simply gorgeous.


    December 1, 2022 at 8:26 AM

    • For a change—and a welcome one—we got to share autumn scenes from your part of the world.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 1, 2022 at 9:25 AM

  8. I’m glad you got to be among the fall foliage. I especially like the second image here … simple but very pretty.


    December 2, 2022 at 12:22 PM

    • Yes, I reveled in the opportunities up there at that time of year.
      I have a predilection for tight cropping, which makes for more abstract pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 2, 2022 at 4:52 PM

  9. Eye Catching Pic very pretty


    December 3, 2022 at 4:57 AM

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