A conifer tree stands in the harsh winter conditions of the Sandia Mountains of New Mexico.


Sandia Mountains, New Mexico

Of all of my photos this was likely the toughest to earn. I woke at 3:30am and drove to the top of the Sandia Mountains in a snowstorm in the dark. Once at the top I donned my winter gear and snowshoes and set out along the ridge line. Winter storms in the mountains can be surprisingly fierce and this one did not disappoint. Powerful winds, single-digit temperatures, deep powder, and darkness all added to the challenge. After a couple of hours of lung-busting work I arrived at one of my favorite spots on the Sandias -- just a hundred yards or so from where I captured Fortitude a year ago.

This photo is very nearly unretouched. The foreground disappears just beyond this tree, as the mountain face plummets hundreds of feet. The sky and snow are indistinguishable; this was nearly whiteout conditions. If you look very closely you might even see the snow blowing horizontally in front of the tree, revealing just how harsh the conditions really were that day. It is hard to imagine how this tree can survive like this, year after year.

Photo © copyright by Chris Ridgway.

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