life blood

April 24, 2017  •  4 Comments

The one thing that differentiates our planet from others is water.  It is life blood coursing through our veins.  El Agua es la Vida.  Water is particularly evident at this time of year when snow melt is filling streams and rivers and ponds, overflowing and spreading its wealth over the land.  Although in New Mexico we have a tiny percentage compared to the snow melt in California, Washington state, and Virginia, where according to our friend, Lisa, four inches of rain fell yesterday, it is, nonetheless, vital to our lives.

And our waterways are really running this spring.  Whether it is the Rio Grande del Norte or the Rio Ojo Caliente, or if the water is quietly burbling in an acequia or rushing towards its goal, all that water is a thing of beauty. There is still snow in the high country, but the pond along Highway 64 between Tres Piedras and Tierra Amarilla that I photographed last year, will soon be quite full.

pond near the Highway 64 passpond near the Highway 64 pass


Much of the snow melt from the south side of the Highway 64 pass adds to the Rio Ojo Caliente watershed.  The photograph below was shot and is presented here "dirty" - power lines, fences, assorted buildings included.  Just a week after this image was made, more trees and bushes are already showing green.

Rio Ojo CalienteRio Ojo Caliente  

Another shot of the Rio Ojo Caliente, toned.

Rio Ojo Caliente tonedRio Ojo Caliente toned


It is often hard to tell the volume or intensity of the water in the Rio Grande del Norte when shooting from above.  The cut in the earth, however, tells of its power over the millennia.  

Rio Grande del NorteRio Grande del NorteKONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

Since each and every body of water has its own characteristics, you will, no doubt, be seeing more images of our life blood in coming blogs.


until next Monday,


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Fred Barraza(non-registered)
Beautifully done and said. Thanks Daryl!!
Steve Immel(non-registered)
We drove over 64 both directions last weekend and found the little streams fuller and moving more swiftly than we've seen in the past. It and these wonderful images bode for a brilliant summer. I agree with TTT that different details appear in the color and black and white versions of the Rio Ojo Caliente and that more is revealed in the toned black and white.
Daryl Black(non-registered)
Yes, we did see the overflow and look forward to seeing more tomorrow. It is just fascinating! Thanks for your comment, TTT
Interesting comparison between color and toned on the Ojo Cliente, You see totally different details. Cool! Did you get to see the Ojo Caliente overflow last week?
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