All posts filed under: Southwest

Stock photo - Sunset on Solar Panels

Sunset on Solar Panels

Some photos simply happen right before your eyes – just grab your camera and find the right angle. This solar array generates all of the electricity for my home. It stands right next to our house, efficiently taking in the sun’s rays every day, creating clean renewable power and silently fighting climate change. Yep, my husband and I are extremely proud of our array! One afternoon I was admiring a cold winter sunset as it glowed on the horizon. Looking over at the photovoltaic cells, I noticed the clouds had painted vibrant strokes over the dark panels. As the colors were fading fast, I quickly grabbed my camera, dashed out the door and snapped two or three images at a low angle before the sun dipped out-of-site. Late, when I downloaded the photos to my computer, I loved what I saw! A gorgeous solar landscape! Title of stock photo: Sunset on Solar Panels This stock image is available at: Dreamstime

Stock Photo - On the Road

On the Road

Does wanderlust run in your veins? Ever get the itch to travel wherever the road leads you? The Irish have a beautiful saying – “May the road rise up to meet you.” I had these words in mind when I created this photographic montage. That’s right – this scene only exist in my computer. The winter landscape was photographed close to my home in New Mexico. But the old suitcase was photographed and dropped in later. The travel stickers were digitally created in Photoshop, then superimposed upon the 50’s-style suitcase, along with a layer of grunge to suitably age them. And there you have it … a travel stock image with a touch of retro thrown in for fun. Title of stock photo: On the Road This stock image is available at: Dreamstime  

Snowy Morning

A typical snowy morning in New Mexico! The shadows of our ever-present black ravens against a high desert winter sky, just a reminder that they are patrolling their territory. Feliz navidad y próspero año nuevo! Title: Snowy Morning This stock image can be purchased in various sizes at: Dreamstime

One Man's Journey

One Man’s Journey

The simple austerity of White Sands, New Mexico can take your breath away! Brilliant white dunes of gypsum sand against an endless clear azure sky feels surreal. “One Man’s Journey” is a basic, uncomplicated stock photo. Yet elevate it to metaphor and the image is symbolic of hope, spiritual seeking, travel and life’s pathway. Image title: One Man’s Journey This stock photo is available in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Lonely Cow on the Prairie

Lonely Cow on the Prairie

I love hiking. To be outside under the magnificent New Mexican blue sky, drinking in brilliant sunshine … it’s intoxicating. One of my favorite hiking jaunts is the BLM (Bureau of Land Management) area around the Galisteo Dam near the Cochiti Pueblo south of Santa Fe. It’s an arid, cacti-studded prairie with rarely a drop of water in the deep arroyos that slice through the land. And yes, laughably, there is a huge earthen dam built right in the middle of this desert. It’s a multi-million dollar boondoggle from some 1960’s bureaucracy created to control flood waters (???). Anyway … this is where we hike during the Spring and Autumn months. Driving back one afternoon from an exhilarating trek, our backpack filled with interesting rocks and petrified wood, we spotted a lonesome cow beside the deserted road. She was obviously curious about us and why we were disturbing her domain. Lowering the window, I waved howdy and snapped her picture. Like a pro, she stood very still – almost posing for her portrait. I like to think that “Lonely Cow on the Prairie” captures the true southwest when you get off the …

Old Car at Sunset

Old Car at Sunset

Sometimes I just want to have fun with my photographs! For some reason I’m attracted to old cars. We seem to have an abundance of them in New Mexico. You can find them parked along the road in any village. Sometimes they run – and sometimes they’re just for show. If I have a camera handy, I just can’t help myself; they’re eye candy that I can’t resist. I spotted this antique beauty many years ago in the village of Madrid along the Turquoise Trail in New Mexico. It begged to have a splashy sunset decorate the background. So I whipped one up in Photoshop and “Old Car at Sunset” was created. Image title: Old Car at Sunset To purchase this stock image in various sizes, go to Dreamstime.

Mailboxes

Mailboxes

One day I was driving in the country (just about everyplace in New Mexico is “in the country”!) and decided to stop in the little village of Galisteo. Every time I passed this way, a row of mailboxes standing guard at the edge of the dusty dirt parking lot, caught me eye. I circled back around, put the car in park and grabbed my camera. To add a bit of interest, I flipped up the red flag of the blue mailbox. Photographing from a low angle, I was able to crop out much of the background trees. Back home, I Photoshopped out the rest of the vegetation, leaving me with a clean blue sky. Such a simple image – yet “Mailboxes” has been one of my best-sellers in my Dreamstime portfolio. Image title: Mailboxes Purchase this stock image in various sizes at: Dreamstime

Indian Corn

Indian Corn

Indian corn, also known as Flint corn or calico corn, is a true harbinger of autumn. The dried cobs of many-colored kernels were originally cultivated by Native American tribes, dating back to 1000 BC. Today it is mainly grown for decorative purposes, but can also be consumed in the form of hominy. I came across this perfect little still life on a table at the Santa Fe Farmer’s Market. There was no arranging needed – just a quick snap of the shutter as I passed by. Image title: Indian Corn Purchase this microstock image in various sizes at Dreamstime

Santa Fe Adobe

Early Morning Shadows

Early morning in Santa Fe, NM is the best time to capture our clear, high-desert light. The city is still and quiet. Tourists have not budged from their beds yet. Cool morning temps are accented by warm sunlight filtering through trees, wrapping shadows around mud-brown adobes. Canyon Road, a narrow busy street of shops and galleries, is empty at 7:00 in the morning. The occasional “local” jogs by, out for an early run with their dog. It’s a lovely town at this time of day, transporting you back to a neighborhood owned by native Santa Feans, children playing by the river, and the school bell ringing in the old brick one-room school-house on the hill. Image title: Early Morning Shadows Purchase this microstock image in various sizes at: Dreamstime