The End of Fall



Back down here in the lowlands, the cottonwoods blaze. I took photos in Chimayó just before going up to the high country at Vallecitos. It’s such a contrast down here. Vallecitos is at 8800 feet, Chimayó 6000. The warm colors of the eroded sandstone badlands contrast dramatically with the greens of the mountains. And of course the fall color is stunning down along the watercourses in the valley. You may not see the color in the monochrome photos, but you can feel it. One of the great pleasures of New Mexico is transiting between these vastly different worlds in a just a short distance—from frozen streams and nine degree mornings to the mild fall days in the Rio Grande valley, where the red chiles are still coming in. We’re off to pick up our chile molido this week.

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