Snowy Trees, Apr. 1, 2019


In Embudo, at 6000′ elevation, last night’s snow melted where it fell on the ground, but remained overnight on trees and bushes. This is what it looked like this morning, at around 8 AM. Then, it was gone by mid-morning.

The first photo is of the hill to the north, and across the river from our place in La Bolsa (the bag or pocket, in English). La Bolsa is the name of our particular section of Embudo, which lies to the east of Barranco Blanco, the eroded dirt hill that one passes close to on Hwy 68, near the junction with Hwy 75. The hill seen in this photo is a toreva block, which is a hunk of former gorge rim that has slid down to its present location, and rotated backwards as it slid. The cliff seen at the top of the hill is the former rim. Behind that cliff, on the backside of the hill, is the tilted former mesa top.

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Snow-covered trees contrast with the uncovered ground. Toreva block on the northside of the Rio Grande, in La Bolsa

The second and third photos are of the hill directly across Hwy 68 from our place (to the south). Here the snow-covered trees are strongly side-lit. The first photo is “straight” (not post-processed), whereas the second photo has been processed in Topaz Simplify, a Photoshop plug-in that renders the image as a watercolor painting. I present this version because I think that the straight image is particularly harsh. But, hey, that’s me.

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Snow-covered trees contrast with the uncovered ground. Hill to the south.

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Snow-covered trees contrast with the uncovered ground. Hill to the south.

About Evensteven

I am a photographer and author, and live in Embudo, New Mexico, alongside the Rio Grande. I have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: The Grand: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447 I have also published six additional iBooks: 1. The Salt River: https://books.apple.com/us/book/the-salt-river/id12449222822. 2. Coyote Buttes: https://books.apple.com/us/book/coyote-buttes/id1271773201 3. Four Cornered, the Land: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered/id1384038899 4. Four Cornered, The Rivers: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 5. Rio Marañon: https://books.apple.com/us/book/four-cornered-book-two-the-rivers/id1402287568 6. Rio Grande: https://books.apple.com/us/book/rio-grande-new-mexico/id1469126321
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