DOMINGO BACA CANYON IN OCTOBER

Evergreens dominate the dry climate of New Mexico: cedars and pinyon pines in the high desert and ponderosa pines and Englemann spruce in the mountains. Fall colors are rare and dramatic: isolated pockets of golden aspens in the high country, cottonwood forests beside the main rivers, and mixed deciduous trees hugging narrow streams. Domingo Baca canyon is a large drainage on the rugged west face of Albuquerque's Sandia Mountains (the triangular opening in the center of the first photograph). A trickle of permanent water supports a dense stand of miniature oaks, two miles long and 50 yards wide. In the fall, their color makes a bold contrast with a desert vegetation and granite monoliths. The images in this exhibit also include the usual suspects: mountain mahogany, bayonet yuccas, chamisas and chollas.

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