Northern New Mexico Landscapes with Diana McPherson

Georgia O’Keefe first visited northern New Mexico in the 1917. She returned for several summers with friends to Taos until purchasing a property in the 1930’s and becoming a permanent resident of New Mexico. Ansel Adams first visited northern New Mexico in 1927, resulting in a limited edition book on the Taos Pueblo. He met Georgia O’Keeffe in 1929 and they maintained a lifelong friendship, often working together in northern New Mexico. Both artists were drawn to and inspired by the colorful and dramatic landscapes.
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The landscape of Ghost Ranch includes canyons, cliffs, plains, grasslands, and streams. The colorful rock formations span 130 million years of geological history. The only complete Coetophysis fossil was unearthed here.
Santa Fe Plaza was the key trading location along the Santa Fe Trail. As traffic increased, the railroad became more popular, causing a decrease in wagon activity on the Santa Fe Trail. Today the Santa Fe Plaza is a quaint area with numerous hotels, shops, galleries, museums, and wonderful restaurants. There are many historical sites and buildings to see as well.
Aspen trees in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains change to the beautiful shades of yellow, orange and red in the fall. The Alamosa Vista trail runs through 3.5 miles of aspen trees bringing you to a peak on the southern tip of the Rocky Mountains.
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We’ll explore the Santa Fe and Abiquiu region of northern New Mexico with a guide from Santa Fe Mountain Adventures. Plenty of photography opportunity.

Elk Rut and Blue Ridge Parkway with Tom Croce

Join us in the beautiful Great Smoky Mountains for three days of photographing elk in the Cataloochee Valley and landscapes and fall color along the Blue Ridge Parkway. The weather is always a determining factor in the exact schedule, but tentatively we will plan on spending one or two evenings along the Blue Ridge Parkway photographing the iconic blue layered mountains of the Smoky Mountains in North Carolina, Mornings will be spent in the Cataloochee Valley photographing the elk. I have been visiting the Valley for over 10 years to photograph elk during the rut when they are most active.

The Autumn Show: Beyond “Trees & Leaves”

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Fall foliage reflecting in lake, Twin Lakes area, New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NY. f/9.5 @ 70mm, 5-image HDR compilation.

Story & Photography by F.M. Kearney

The final curtain is about to rise. A cast of billions is in place. Throughout their entire performance, they’ve all been restricted to the same regulation green outfits. For their finale, they now have a chance to break free – a chance to dazzle onlookers with stunning new yellow, red and orange wardrobes. A few glory-hounds will attempt to upstage the others with magnificent, multi-colored garb. Sit back and relax… The Autumn Show is about to begin.

I’m sure most nature photographers look forward to this show every year. But, it can be a challenge to come up with something different than the usual “trees and leaves” photo. Try looking for compositions beyond the obvious – compositions where the subject isn’t immediately evident.

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