Delights of a Crisp Winter Day
Winter in Taos offers visitors and wanderers an interpretation of the Taos landscape which describes the messy, rustic, homey landscape with a brighter edge. The unkempt fields, crooked fences, narrow lanes, and horses and cows that dot the pasture-land, black and brown against brilliant white, form a patchwork that recalls Taos’ agricultural history and Spanish-inspired “fincas”. After a snow, it’s wonderment everywhere as the fields and bushes and trees transform into highlighted shapes with a new color palette of faint grey and yellows and pale cyan and rich, chocolate browns. While the mountains offer the delight of Alpine skiing at Taos Ski Valley, another thing to do when in Taos is to explore these outskirts. The enjoyment of these back roads and fields is purely visual and charged by the cold and crisp air.
To get a little ways outside of Taos, one route is to take Callejon Road off Salazar Road to Ranchitos and head south to enjoy fields and old, single-family farmland; head up Blueberry Road to overlook the Taos Valley, then double back to upper Ranchitos for a beautiful layout of small adjacent homes and farms and fields filled with a variety of thistles and other plants.
(Photographs by Sasha Dorje Meyerowitz)