La Ladera Rd. Peralta, New Mexico
Most people come out to see the fall colors but I think the real beauty starts in the winter. For the last few years I have been stopping the car on the way to wherever I'm going to take pictures of trees and creating these collections of images aptly named "Winter Trees".
La Ladera Rd. in Peralta, New Mexico is a handy shortcut to get from the bottom of Meadow Lake hill to HWY 47. This road hosts a beautiful collection of old Cottonwood Trees that grow by the ditch banks.
All of these images were shot and edited entirely in the phone with the new iPhone SE (2020). To assist in creating the unique look and feel of these images, I was searching for something new and creative and I found an excellent app called Distressed Fx. However, I found that I still couldn't quite get what I was looking for with Distressed FX by itself so most of these images are started in Distressed FX and finished in another app called Snapseed. Both apps are available in the app store and Distressed FX comes with two sets of standard filters but has many other sets available as in-app purchases. I've been using Snapseed for so long that I don't remember if it's free or not but I do know this; it's worth it either way.
Click here to see the full collection of Winter Trees blog posts.
The photos above and below are all of the same tree. I have no idea how old this Cottonwood is but it has such a profound presence that there is no way to drive past this tree without stopping to appreciate it.
The spent hulls of purple Tansyasters and Sunflowers continue to be beautiful long after the growing season in New Mexico has ended.
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I am DeAnna Vincent, fine art and portrait photographer in Los Lunas, New Mexico. These are the photos from my everyday adventures.