The aspens are changing already 🍂🍁 -- plus their rustling leaves warned us of an incoming storm that prematurely ended @smallhousebigworld 's and my hike with hail. Next time, we'll make it to the top!
There are loads of these beautiful crystalline rocks 💎 on the property of our little casita here in the hills of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. I’m guessing that these stones are what make the soil sparkle and why this mountain range reflects so much light. Do any of you know if these are quartz or pink feldspar, or perhaps a combination? The Sangre de Cristo Mountains are the southernmost starting point the Rocky Mountains.
We had a very exciting day on Crestone Peak that started with a beautiful warm morning and ended with a foggy thunder snow storm that moved in very fast. Luckily when that happened we were in the Cottonwood Lake basin. To get back to our camp we still had to re-climb Broken Hand Pass. After a little while we thought the worst of the storm had passed, so we continued moving towards safety. Halfway up, we heard multiple claps of thunder right behind us. Our choices were to keep moving up to 13,000' or run down towards the lake. Long story short, I got to climb the pass 1.5 times which was soul crushing. To add insult to injury, storm magically disappeared after we got to the other side. We had blue skies and friendly wispy clouds, as if nothing ever happened. Sangres never disappoint with their weirdness - weather, UFO's, creepy locals, ya know what I mean?!
Little Bear has the cutest name out of all 14ers, however there is nothing cute about this dangerous mountain. The Hourglass is very steep and smooth, with loose rock above it. Somehow I still had great time climbing this peak in good company. Not having to deal with Lake Como Road any time soon is a huge bonus 😁
The mountain range we are in is the Sangre de Cristos. Wikipedia says, "According to tradition, "sangre de Cristo" were the last words of a Catholic priest who was killed by Indians." Another version says he saw an alpineglow as he was dying. Our guide on a raft trip mentioned the rocks looking blood red under certain lighting conditions. Crosses are a great reminder.
The early morning light falls on the saddle of Humboldt Peak. Obstruction Peak, UN 13,799', center, is so called for blocking the view of Challenger Point, Kit Carson Peak and Columbia Point. The north eastern ridge line of Crestone Peak spans across the foreground, with hues of red granite shimmering between the shadows
@cj_sheehan mountain biking up on the Alamos Vista trail in the Sangre de Cristo mountains above Santa Fe, New Mexico in the late afternoon under glowing Aspens. For this image I hauled up a few @elinchrom_ltd ELB 1200 battery-powered strobes to light Chris up and make a more dramatic image. These days it is so hard to make your images stand out from the pack but putting in the extra effort and shooting with strobes is one of the ways to help make your work stand out. #elinchrom#mountainbiking#sangredecristomountains#singletrack#santafe#newmexico