Fall in Northern New Mexico

Fall 2022 Travels
Cumbres and Toltec Railroad
Northern New Mexico
Fall in Southwest Colorado

As part of the same trip where I had my good fortune with the Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad, we also had good luck with the scenery and weather on most of drive. That is, if you don’t count the brief snow, rain, and too-close-for-comfort lightning strike. 

With any landscape photography, it’s helpful to keep expectations low. Weather, light, and just luck have big parts to play in any outing. I had viewed this detour as scouting for a future trip in a future year, so expectations were low for actual photographing, but it turns out they could have been sky high and I still likely would have been excited about how it all came together.

Brazos Summit on Hwy 64.
Parting clouds lead to beautiful driving conditions. 
A detour off Hwy 64.
Green. Green-yellow. Yellow. Orange-yellow. The color wheel in full effect.
A version of this sign graces many entry points to our state. However, this may be the most colorful one I’ve seen.
This was the first view that suggested this detour was a good idea.
Backlit aspen trees.

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