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Afternoon Clouds over the Sandia Mountains 0408

This post is coming to you 20 minutes after the last one because it shows the clouds I saw over the Sandia Mountains 20 minutes later than the ones in the previous post.

© 2014 Steven Schwartzman

Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 15, 2014 at 6:00 AM

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  1. they can change in a hurry, can’t they?! will we see a third image that shows a downpour?

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    October 15, 2014 at 6:18 AM

    • Sorry to disappoint you if you were hoping to see rain, Lisa, because there wasn’t any that day. Downpours hit us on the way to Albuquerque and again later on the way to Phoenix, but there was no rain in Albuquerque, just heaped-up afternoon clouds.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 6:43 AM

  2. Impressive clouds. But what is the connection in all this to watermelons?


    October 15, 2014 at 7:02 AM

    • Apparently there’s a popular belief that the mountains got their name from the color they take on at sunset, which reminded people of the color of the inside of a watermelon. Whether that’s folklore or truth, I don’t know.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 7:09 AM

  3. We saw a lot of those clouds during our week in Taos. I enjoy watching them grow. So much dynamic energy.

    Jim in IA

    October 15, 2014 at 7:12 AM

  4. Most impressive I must say! Beautiful display of awesomeness, great shot!


    October 15, 2014 at 1:05 PM

  5. Beautiful. I especially like the way you positioned the anvil between the heaps of cumulus. It’s amazing how many textures there can be in a cloud grouping.


    October 15, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    • Good of you to notice the anvil. That’s actually what I wanted to photograph but as drove around some high parts of Albuquerque looking for a place where I could get a clear shot of the anvil (and also park), the clouds kept changing, and the when I finally found a good spot to park, the anvil had become a lesser element in the cloudscape.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 10:01 PM

  6. As much as I enjoy living in New England, I am seriously envious of wide open spaces and the fabulous skies.

    Steve Gingold

    October 15, 2014 at 8:10 PM

    • Even though I was coming from a different (and more southwestern) place than you, I had the same reaction, wishing we had more clouds like these in Austin. Some nearby mountains wouldn’t be bad either.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

  7. In my college years I visited a friend who lived in the foothills above Albuquerque and below Sandia. We took a tram up to the top that winter and watched a glorious sunset from there.


    October 15, 2014 at 10:02 PM

    • I considered riding that tram, but as I was still getting acclimatized to the altitude during my three days in Albuquerque, I didn’t want to push my luck and risk getting sick at 10,000 ft. atop the Sandia Mountains. The day I left Albuquerque and ended up driving north of Durango, though, I inadvertently hit 10,400 ft. and suffered no ill effects. If I’d come back via Albuquerque (which I didn’t) I probably would’ve ridden the tram. As for sunsets, I saw red-orange color but nothing as spectacular as I know can occur there. You were more fortunate than I.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 10:08 PM

  8. One word – Towering!


    October 18, 2014 at 4:18 AM

    • Your one word is concise, and I believe you’re the first person ever to use it in a comment here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 18, 2014 at 8:11 AM

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