A week ago Monday, it snowed heavily all day, and in the afternoon I took the drive described in the previous post (and Sunday column).
Tuesday the sky was beautifully clear, but cold enough that everything retained its snow-covering. Before the sun climbed above the Organs, I went out to shoot pictures in the early-morning light -- and, uncharacteristically, headed into town rather than along or into the mountains. The sun would light the city first, then the desert and foothills east of the city; and I'd seen a couple of things the previous afternoon that I thought might be worth a shot in better light.
|Cactus in Snow|
|These folks looked more content . . .|
|. . . though I didn't stop to ask 'em.|
Once I reached Las Cruces, there were few cars out -- and drivers were having their problems with the slick roads.
|This fellow looked resplendent in morning sunlight.|
|This still looked cold.|
The drive was exhiliarating. It seems ironic: I grew up in the Northeast and have been in plenty of great snowstorms there, and a few in other countries; but this was different. I was like the proverbial kid in a candy shop, as each new angle on the mountains, and each desert plant wearing white, seemed unique, and demanded I stop and shoot some more, even if the image -- objectively -- wasn't all that great.
|One of the town's painted water towers -- and the Organs|
Of course, I worked my way back to the Baylor Canyon Road windmill to see how that looked this morning -- but along the way every snow-dressed tree caught my eye.
Finally I stopped back at home to pick up Dael and come back out. I paused there long enough to notice that the ash trees had shed all but two or three of their yellow leaves during the succession of high winds, cold, and snow.
|The windmill still had a bit of snow clinging to it.|
|The peaks had a bit more.|
|We photographed it all -- as happy as kids making snow angels.|
We even returned several hours later, around sunset, to watch the moon join the party.
Below, I've posted additional images from the day, images I've had a moment to treat in one way or another. (That is, there's no further verbiage in this post. For better or worse, this is more of a gallery than a blog post.)