All Seasons: Cerrillos, New Mexico

I go for a hike almost every day and cover a lot of the same ground, over and over, in all weather and in all seasons. Exploring new terrain is always exciting, but there is something deeply satisfying about getting to know a trail and the landscape on foot.

When I hike, my camera is almost always around my neck and I’ve come to notice that along well-known trails I often stop to take photos from nearly the exact same spots. By following my artist’s eye for lining up a balanced shot, I’ve amassed a collection of photos of the same scenes, taken from the same spots, at different times of the year, all over the country. I call this series “All Seasons”.

Lately, I’ve been walking the same road every day: down my driveway, across Tierra Vista to the BLM gate via Vista Cerrillos, a 3-mile round trip. I have probably walked these three miles more than a hundred times, at all times of day, in all weather.

Yesterday was the first day of winter and it sure felt like it. Flurries fell off and on and the wind did not let up all day. Tomorrow: to Zurich! Hopefully my Earthship-sitting friends enjoy the desert winter wonderland! I know I do…

Gate to Vista Cerrillos, Sunny Day

Gate to Vista Cerrillos, Autumn Evening

Gate to Vista Cerrillos, After a dusting

Gate to Vista Cerrillos, First Big Snow

The Road to Town, After a Dusting

The Road to Town, Fresh Snow

The Road to Town, Melting

About theblondecoyote

Mary Caperton Morton is a freelance science and travel writer with degrees in biology and geology and a master’s in science writing. A regular contributor to EARTH magazine, where her favorite beat is the Travels in Geology column, she has also written for the anthologies Best Women's Travel Writing 2010 and Best Travel Writing 2011. Mary is currently based in western Colorado. When she’s not at the computer she can usually be found outside -- hiking, skiing, climbing mountains and taking photographs. Visit her website at
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2 Responses to All Seasons: Cerrillos, New Mexico

  1. seekraz says:

    it’s very obvious that you enjoy your beautiful life! How wonderful for you. Thank you for sharing as you do. Scott.

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