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Sandia Mountains in the afternoon

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Afternoon Clouds over the Sandia Mountains 0405

Each of the three mornings that we spent in Albuquerque dawned with the clear sky that people strongly associate with the Southwest, but each afternoon saw a buildup of impressive cumulus clouds over the Sandia Mountains to the east of the city. Especially after yesterday’s post about sand sagebrush you might think the name of those mountains has something to do with sand or sandy, but that’s not the case: sandía is the Spanish word for watermelon.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

October 15, 2014 at 5:40 AM

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  1. 🙂


    October 15, 2014 at 5:43 AM

  2. Watermelon mountains?! Fascinating! 😀


    October 15, 2014 at 5:45 AM

  3. Look at those clouds… like cottons 🙂


    October 15, 2014 at 5:48 AM

    • I’m glad to see we’re keeping things botanical: mountains like watermelon, clouds like cotton.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 6:24 AM

  4. there were several things that i kept noticing during my trip to the usa, and the different cloud formations usually topped the daily list. jet trails were a big ‘distraction – i had forgotten about them!’

    i love the word, sandia!

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    October 15, 2014 at 6:17 AM

    • There’s nothing that lets you see familiar surroundings as well as having been away for a good while, is there? You’ve reminded me of how I used to watch clouds in Honduras.

      Airplane contrails sometimes get in my way when I’m taking pictures because I don’t want a narrow streak of bright white distracting from an otherwise blue sky, but if there are enough contrails and the wind is right, then as they dissipate the sky fills with wispy clouds that make for an appealing backdrop.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 6:33 AM

  5. Watermelon mountains…sounds like a song title, doesn’t it?


    October 15, 2014 at 8:26 AM

  6. Such beautiful color. The deep blue-green of the shadows really does make the mountains look as old as they are. And that bit of turbulence in the clouds, the dark wavelets just left of center? They look like peaks of whipped cream. I’ll bet something was getting whipped up in the midst of those cumulus.


    October 15, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    • Whatever was getting whipped up in those cumulus clouds, it wasn’t rain, because none fell in my time in Albuquerque (as opposed to the trip from Lubbock to there, with its intermittent downpours).

      Our eyes can see many more shades of brightness than the camera can record, so this is a reduced (but not unappealing) view of reality.

      Steve Schwartzman

      October 15, 2014 at 9:04 PM

  7. Fantastic clouds and they stand out so well with that deep blue.

    Steve Gingold

    October 15, 2014 at 8:06 PM

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