Blacks Crossing Photography and Writing | it is the sky

it is the sky

January 29, 2018  •  3 Comments

Besides photography that is scheduled within any given week in the life of a photographer, ideas for blogs seem to come from the most interesting places. This week, while having a conversation with a neighbor, she looked up at the sky and said "This is why I am here.  Look at that."  And how true her words were.  New Mexico's sky has attracted many, particularly artists to the state. Driving into Ghost Ranch, it is easy to see why Georgia O'Keefe eventually settled in the Abiquiu area.

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From the totally practical aspects of the sky allowing sun to generate energy...

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...and the tail end of a thunderstorm blocking the sun...

  skyscape 2017skyscape 2017 the view through a window at Chaco Canyon...

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...or across the plains near Fort Union...

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...the sky is huge in New Mexico and in our lives.

until next Monday,


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Ahhhh, I so love seeing your photographs, Daryl. New Mexico does indeed have beautiful skies and sunsets as well. I love traveling south and seeing the mesas before you get to Santa Fe. Especially right before sunset. Breathtaking. So are your photographs and the words you weave to create pictures in our minds. Thank you, once again, for sharing.

Former Adams State College history professor Luther Bean wrote a book called Land Of The Blue Sky People. The Utes called themselves the Blue Sky People. Mt. Blanca, a sacred mountain to the Navajo, has a dusting of snow accentuating its peaks and valleys, but it's alarming to see so little snow on that great mountain range. The Sangre de Cristos, since they are much higher peaks, usually have more snow that the San Juans. I'd venture to say that I'm not the only one praying for rain. One can wander through the valley and see the results of drought in former years, with dead limbs entangled in green growth in the summer. The combination of a closed basin (water-wise) and the obligations of water compacts made long ago to send a certain amount down south, makes it rough on the major industry here, farming. One year, I worried about my well going dry, as did others. I know we might see some winter kill in the trees, for lack of moisture, but it is cyclic, but it seems to be more severe than ever here this year. We just have to learn to survive it. The eastern U.S. is getting all the moisture, for some reason. I have never seen the jet stream so crazy and segmented as I do, now, when watching weather forecasts. The Earth's magnetosphere is probably just as crazy as the jet stream, by now. I have no answers, but I will continue to pray for snow and rain for all who need it. (Oh dear. I have written a book. Removing my hands from the keyboard, now.)
The huge wonderful sky day or night keeps me here. Thank you Daryl for the exquisite photos.
Steve Immel(non-registered)
I really enjoyed this post which celebrates our epic landscapes and even more epic skies. No matter that these seem to be any season but winter. It's a spring like 50 today with the same forecast all week. Other than the paucity of moisture I'm happy to running in shorts and a shell. You've assembled a lovely set of desert toned images. They're all wonderful.
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