BOBBY MAGILL

Journalist • Photographer

Bobby Magill is a senior science writer for Climate Central in New York and a journalist who has covered fracking and the environment in Colorado and New Mexico since 2001. 

Image of the Day: Blanca over the Rio

New Mexico issues are the subjects of a truckload of freelance stories I've sold lately, so with more coming down the pike, it reminded me of this image I took a few months ago on a trip to Santa Fe. This is one of the few places in New Mexico where you can see a Colorado fourteener with any clarity, and it's one of my favorite spots in the Land of Enchantment.

Where is it? Where else? The Rio Grande Gorge Bridge on U.S. 64 west of Taos. When I used to live in Taos, a friend of mine lived only a couple hundred feet form the rim of the gorge, right behind the rest area near the bridge. We'd step out on his porch on a clear day, and you could look straight up the valley to the snowy summit of Blanca Peak. An inspiring view.

Sadly, my long lens is a piece of crap, so this image isn't as crisp as I'd like it to be. But whatever. I was giddy that the day was clear enough to juxtapose the peak with the rim of the gorge in a single frame.

If you haven't been to Taos, you should go. If you haven't been to the Rio Grande Gorge, you should peer over the bridge to the river 650 feet below and try not to lose your hat in the wind. If you haven't rafted the river — known there as the "Taos Box" — it's just as amazing as Sandy's Special at Taos Pizza Out Back. And what's more amazing than that?