Truchas Peak

This is Truchas Peak on the Sangre de Cristo Mountain Range in the Rocky Mountains of Northern New Mexico. This mountain sits 13,000 feet above the Rio Grande River and from here you can look north onto Taos New Mexico. The name of the peak is from the Spanish word for “trout” (plural). The entire mountain is a small north-south trending massif with four identifiable summits, North Truchas Peak, Middle Truchas Peak, and South Truchas Peak.


Zedekiah: “This image was taken early in the morning as I skirted along the front of a very big storm following me into Taos. About 30 minutes after I lensed this image I landed at Taos Airport and spent the next 3 days trapped by weather. But being trapped in Taos is a good thing! What a cool place!!

Leaving out of Santa Fe, New Mexico early in the morning on a cold winter’s day, I was being chased by a very heavy snowstorm that was blowing in from the west. I was able to skirt around the southern edge of the storm but was blocked by the Sangre de Cristo Mountain range just to the northeast of Santa Fe. I could not climb too high or ice would accumulate on the wings so I had to stay lower than the tops of the mountain and just bear the brunt of the fierce winds that were pushing the storm.
As I flew along below the ridgeline the sun began to rise creating a series of beautiful images, compelling me to take the time to lens a photograph while I was still trying to get ahead of the storm. The winds were buffeting rather wildly when suddenly the clouds blew in front of the sun causing this beautiful effect of sunrays streaming out in all directions from behind the clouds. I was able to capture this amazing image of Truchas Peak which sits at 13,102 feet about sea level in the Pecos Wilderness, a part of the Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico.

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