Fishing the golden waters of the Rio Grande of New Mexico. Autumn is a special time at any location and here in the Rio Grande del Norte National Monument that’s definitely the case. A lone angler wades into the cool waters of the river, applies his fishing skills in hopes of hooking up. The golden leaves of the shoreline cottonwood trees provided the color for the reflection. With the setting sun on the water, the reflection almost out did the gold color of the turning leaves themselves.
On this weeks “sanity ride” we headed for the high country of the Carson NF and the Tusas Mountains. Forest Service Rd. 111 dropped us in downtown La Madera, population 157. Here’s the obligatory photo in front of the community center, the Apache Drums.
A simple road sign on Highway 285 of Northern New Mexico where a decision must be made. Turn right and head for the Ojo Caliente Hot Spings for a soak or turn left and visit Geogia O’Keeffe country. Autumn brings the gold leaves of the cottonwood trees and cooler temperatures. It’s a time for getting into the outdoors and absorbing what nature provides.