Winter in the San Simon Valley is generally characterized by warm sunny days and chilly nights. Temperatures drop to freezing but rapidly rise back into the 60's once the sun rises and crests the mountains to the east. The sun rises and sets fairly far south and the mountains views in the afternoons are frequently bathed in a warm yellow light. Below are 2 images taken on 2 consecutive days with the warm late afternoon sun illuminating the Peloncillo Mountains of southern New Mexico as viewed from the Painted Pony Resort outside Rodeo New Mexico. The rich yellows and reds with the long shadows created by the sun's path across the southern sky creates an almost 3D effect in the photographs. It really is hard to take a bad photograph down here.
The Rustic Cabin and the long light of a winters afternoon.