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From Nambé to Chimayó

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On October 18th at Nambé Pueblo I had a great time photographing the hoodoos and other formations. Then, as we continued north-northeast on Highway 503, which forms a portion of the High Road to Taos Scenic Byway, to reach Chimayó about 10 miles away, we kept seeing more parts of the Nambé badlands that deserved to pictured.



You’re seeing two of those pictures here. And who could resist the clouds
over the snow-covered Sangre de Cristo mountains off to the east?




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Written by Steve Schwartzman

December 3, 2022 at 4:30 AM

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  1. Love the clouds

    Sherry Felix

    December 3, 2022 at 9:06 AM

    • In this image I understated the snow-covered mountains to make the clouds the star of the show.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2022 at 9:10 AM

  2. I like the impressive cloud formation over the snow-capped mountains.

    Peter Klopp

    December 3, 2022 at 9:39 AM

    • I did, too, and I chose to emphasize it in that picture. For a change I got to see something that’s like what your part of the world offers.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2022 at 9:47 AM

  3. The rock formations look like buildings. The snowcapped peaks are lovely.


    December 3, 2022 at 9:41 AM

    • Yes, you can imagine those formations as buildings. You get to see mountains like the one in the final picture a lot more often than I do.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2022 at 9:51 AM

  4. Like today. We had snow the other day and expect more today and tomorrow.


    December 3, 2022 at 10:20 AM

  5. We’ve been talking about doing something similar but, during the spring/summer months as we’re not tired of the cold and snow yet.


    December 3, 2022 at 11:01 AM

  6. Really impressive formations, Steven.
    Have a nice weekend and thanks for sharing.


    December 3, 2022 at 11:09 AM

  7. They don’t exaggerate that this is a scenic byway, what a beautiful region.

    Robert Parker

    December 3, 2022 at 11:50 AM

  8. The massive size of the formations in the first photo is remarkable. There’s a real sense that whatever wind or water might accomplish, that pile of rock isn’t going anywhere: at least, not for a good long while. On the other hand, the second photo brought to mind a ship going down, stern first.

    You do find the most cooperative clouds. I just love the symmetry of the clouds’ bottom ‘lifting’ above the highest peak on the right. The alternately convex and concave lines of the land’s layers is pleasing, too.


    December 3, 2022 at 8:32 PM

    • A massive formation indeed. It may not be going anywhere soon, but in geologic time all prominences wear down, with sandstone eroding faster than many other other things. The photographer remains grateful for the wear and tear.

      Some clouds prove more cooperative than others. Your observations make these clouds out to have been pretty docile. At other times I’ve had to race to catch a cloud formation before it drifts too far, or else have had to wait in the hope that a cloud would move to a position where I wanted it. Sometimes I’ve won, other times lost.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 3, 2022 at 10:06 PM

  9. That last shot is superb … love those clouds!


    December 13, 2022 at 1:28 PM

    • Thanks. This picture reminds me of the snow we saw on some mountains in New Zealand even at the height of summer.

      Steve Schwartzman

      December 13, 2022 at 2:33 PM

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