Chama River & Steven Bundy Photography
I love reading your comments! Very excited about some lakes I haven't visited, but obviously I need to. Keep ‘em coming!
Besides all of your wonderful recommendations, I've been hearing a ton about the Chama River. I definitely need to schedule to do some kayaking there. I've been doing a little research on it, so allow me to share in case you also love kayaking, paddleboarding, or fishing.
The Chama River is a tributary of the Rio Grande. It covers about 130 miles from the El Vado Dam through Abiquiu Dam and finally meets up with Rio Grande. And the name Chama comes from a Tewa term that is much longer and I have no idea how to pronounce. (Thanks Wikipedia)
From word-of-mouth and from the Far Flung Adventures, I've learned that there are a few different ways to float the river. You can do a half day float or a multi-day float, in either canoes or kayaks. There are also sections of the river for paddle boards that don't have the rapids included in the float trips. And apparently there's a section of River that isn't included in the tours because it's only suitable for expert whitewater rafters or kayakers. Sounds like fun to me!
On the tamer side, there is fishing available on the river, too. However, some of it is on private property, so be careful where you go!
I'm looking forward to planning a kayak trip soon. I don't know how I'll make time to do all these amazing things in New Mexico. There's just too many of them!
Has anyone done Chama River? Any advice?
All photos featured here are provided by Steven Bundy Photography. Read more about Steven below and find out more about his photo tours. Steven is also the most recent artist added to the NM Life App.
Steven Bundy has been providing guided photography tours, which include camera and image instruction in northern New Mexico since 2008. He’ll show you famous sites as well as special sites known only to locals. His goal is to provide casual, easy going photo tours which showcase the unique beauty of the area; as well as any camera and image instruction needed to provide participants with everything they need to return home with beautiful images and wonderful memories of their visit to New Mexico.
Photographer Steven Bundy attempts to blend his 36-year background in civil engineering and its associated “Left-Brain” analytical thinking with his 14 years of Fine Art Photography experience and its “Right-Brain” creativity into all of his photographic images. His civil engineering background has influenced his sense of composition as he finds his eye naturally drawn to the geometric designs that exist in nature and the manmade forms all around us.
His goal is to capture and preserve the vast landscapes, crumbling buildings, rusting forgotten cars and evidence of diverse cultures that he finds along the way; giving them new recognition and preserving them before they melt back into the earth. Reminiscent of Ansel Adams, Steven’s black and white images catch the essence of his subject matter conveying an intriguing visual encouraging the viewer’s mind toward a compelling story. Filtered through his unique eye this photographer’s work is fresh but harkens back to the golden age of photography.
Originally a film photographer, digital photography now allows him to preserve and present to others the images that form within his mind’s eye, instantly. Digital capture meets his personal photographic equipment needs with Adobe Photoshop functioning perfectly as a 21st century darkroom. In the last few years equipment and technology advances have made it so that his pigment on paper images can possess the same clarity, depth, contrast and longevity of some of the renowned photographers of the past. With their influences and examples Steven strives to follow in their footsteps in the hopes of meeting their high standards. His most important influences are: Ansel Adams, Paul Caponigro, Dorothea Lange, Paul Strand, Robert Frank, and Maynard Dixon.
When people view his images it is Steven’s hope that they see beyond his vision and experience their own feelings and emotions. Hopefully though his eyes they will gain a new perspective and see their world in a new and expanded way. Steven’s belief is that the goal of all art forms is to expand ones point of view and deepen the viewer’s understanding and enjoyment of their everyday world.
Steven currently offers photography workshops and tours out of his Taos New Mexico studio. He was a past partner and instructor for Eloquent Light Photography Workshops out of Santa Fe. Stevens’ photographic work is represented by Panterra Gallery in Bisbee, Arizona, Hive Gallery in Taos, New Mexico and soon at the Tularosa Basin Photographic Society Gallery in Carrizozo, New Mexico. His works have been exhibited nationally with numerous images purchased for private collections.