If you think like most plein air painters, fall of the year is the absolutely best time in the world to go around painting New Mexico. The colors are just unbelievable. When I went up to Taos last fall for the annual family gathering, I couldn't believe the colors up there. They just didn't look real. I've yet to paint any paintings from those photos, I guess I think people will think I'm making these colors up. I'll just have to post the photo along with the painting!
This is a view of a Placitas canyon taken a year or so ago. I like it.