Winter 2021 Update

Grey Rainbow:

Meditation in Winter Light

Cyote in Winter 08
Cyote in Winter 08

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Coyote in Winter 04
Coyote in Winter 04

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Coyote in Winter 05
Coyote in Winter 05

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Cyote in Winter 08
Cyote in Winter 08

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The confluence of low-angle sun, clouds, fog, overcast, wind, rain, and snow often makes Winter my preferred season for portraiture. Low temperatures, too, contribute as fur is fluffed and feathers are puffed, catching the wind and changing light unpredictably.  

Coyote Twilight 4
Coyote Twilight 4

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Coyote in Winter 06
Coyote in Winter 06

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Roland Thinks it Over
Roland Thinks it Over

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Coyote Twilight 4
Coyote Twilight 4

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Like much of the rest of the country, Winter 2021 brought sequential sieges of deep cold, high winds and snow to the Ortiz Mountains. Unlike periods of snow in previous years I see resident coyotes with frequency; the ravens take delight in Winter and seem to enjoy wind and snow even as ice forms on their collars. 

Coyote in Winter 023
Coyote in Winter 023

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Raven in Snow 31
Raven in Snow 31

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Two Ravens in Storm 02
Two Ravens in Storm 02

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Coyote in Winter 023
Coyote in Winter 023

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​Raven perversity increases with the heavy winds and snow. Groups of airborne ravens gang-buzz and dive-peck the coyotes, sufficient torment to drive the canids into enveloping shrouds of blowing snow. 

Coyote in Winter 11
Coyote in Winter 11

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Raven in Fog
Raven in Fog

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Coyote and Raven in Winter 01
Coyote and Raven in Winter 01

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Coyote in Winter 11
Coyote in Winter 11

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Photographing coyotes and ravens in swirling near-blizzards and sub-zero temperatures is humbling; photographing the species together in these conditions is more so.

Coyote Dawn 022
Coyote Dawn 022

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Raven in Storm
Raven in Storm

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Raven Watches
Raven Watches

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Coyote Dawn 022
Coyote Dawn 022

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But the dance of light and shadow and sudden shifts of tones and contrasts is frosty magic. And I find myself for the moment in an unexpected, nearly-complete return to Black and White.

Coyote in Winter 09
Coyote in Winter 09

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Coyote in Winter 024
Coyote in Winter 024

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Coyote in Winter 37
Coyote in Winter 37

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Coyote in Winter 09
Coyote in Winter 09

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I didn’t shoot much color film; I wasn’t equipped to process it and my heroes, with the exception of Eliot Porter, all worked in BW. 

 

Digital changed that for me. 

 

Fall and Spring colors in New Mexico are eyeball-thumping, oddly making me recall childhood and the exuberant palette of Uganda after the onset of rain:  were there seven or were there eight distinct shades of green then and there?

 

Embracing Black and White again this winter feels like exhaling after a reunion with an elegant lover from long ago. Or perhaps it is fulfillment of something left abruptly and incomplete, an expected outcome reached over an unexpected path.  

 

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Yet in February the first cholla and prickly pear buds assert themselves beneath the dusting of snow, hinting Spring and torrents of color sure to follow….

Prickly Pear in February
Prickly Pear in February

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Prickly Pear in February 2
Prickly Pear in February 2

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February Sunrise
February Sunrise

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Prickly Pear in February
Prickly Pear in February

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