August 21, 2014

Winter Wilderness

Photograph by Michael Melford, National Geographic

Snow clings to aspens near Taos, New Mexico, in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. A proposal to protect 45,000 acres here in the Carson National Forest is one of some 30 wilderness bills before the U.S. Congress.

Since President Lyndon Johnson signed the Wilderness Act in 1964, the number of wilderness areas has increased to more than 750.

See more pictures from the September 2014 feature story “50 Years of Wilderness.”

21 comments
Sylvia Bustos
Sylvia Bustos

A beautiful shot, the more I look at it, the more detail I see. Good job!


Janice H.
Janice H.

So very beautiful and lovely.          An enchanting photograph of the purity and touching beauty of winter.     Together with the Aspens makes for just a magical picture!

Althea Fitzpow
Althea Fitzpow

Such a great shot! The trees look like they have eyes! Spooky, but still very cool.

Dharam Sahdev
Dharam Sahdev

Fantastic Picture Michael Wish you more success From Dharam sahdev 

Krishan Mishra
Krishan Mishra

nothing to explain  , picture speaks everything hats off to photographer.

Bev Hennager
Bev Hennager

I love hoar frost and snow on aspen but it is not easy to get a picture of it - at lease not for me.  This is really beautiful.  I love the composition. The lighting and sharp depth of field allow us to see back into the forest so I feel like a part of it.

Joy Saldanha
Joy Saldanha

What a beautiful picture. The very first that I have ever seen in blue and white, and its just something else. Far from cold looking,it is just too pretty to be that in any way.  j.e.s........


Yolanda Patterson
Yolanda Patterson

What a lovely photo and especially for me since I live in Texas and the last week has been triple digits!

Chris Brown
Chris Brown

Great photo. Would make a great print on the right wall.

Dale Day
Dale Day

While I'm glad I no longer live where this happens, it sure looks beautiful.

Patti Ann Fehr
Patti Ann Fehr

@Bev Hennager I know! I have a hard time getting my photos to look like this. I see it but I can't capture it just right. I guess I should learn how to adjust things with Photoshop. Learning takes so much patience!

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