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Sunday sunset 1

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As it would be hard to find anything more appropriate for a Sunday than a sunset, on the four Sundays in January you’ll be seeing sunset pictures. Today’s are from June 10, 2017, at Camel Rock, 11 miles north of downtown Santa Fe. Speaking of 11, that’s how many minutes elapsed between the first photograph and the second.

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

January 7, 2018 at 4:31 AM

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  1. wow, how things change quickly


    January 7, 2018 at 5:10 AM

    • Photographically speaking, it’s a good thing they do. The changes allowed for two sets of pretty different pictures.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2018 at 7:49 AM

  2. And two very pretty pictures.


    January 7, 2018 at 9:12 AM

  3. Both are lovely. Like a dessert tray, lemon custard, then currant-blackberry parfait. Ok and now it’s lunchtime!

    Robert Parker

    January 7, 2018 at 12:02 PM

    • Thanks for the example of how hunger shapes the imagination.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2018 at 12:12 PM

      • The radical shift in colors in just 11 minutes is amazing.

        Robert Parker

        January 7, 2018 at 12:18 PM

        • I’d started well before sunset because I wasn’t familiar with the area and didn’t know what to expect. Most of the best colors came 10–15 minutes after the sun went down. I hung around till I was sure the colors had faded for the evening.

          Steve Schwartzman

          January 7, 2018 at 12:58 PM

          • I was in Santa Fe once, when I was in college, and would like to visit that area again. I have relatives who live 70 miles south of Albuquerque

            Robert Parker

            January 7, 2018 at 4:23 PM

            • It’s a great area. We hit Santa Fe and Albuquerque last summer. You’d do well to return, especially if you can spend enough time to travel around to some of the scenic places in that region.

              Steve Schwartzman

              January 7, 2018 at 9:19 PM

  4. The colors do change quickly at the bookends of the day. Sometimes I am in the garden and see something interesting, run for the camera, but then it is too late.

    Lavinia Ross

    January 7, 2018 at 2:08 PM

    • I think we’ve all had that experience of missing quickly changing things. That’s one reason I went to Camel Rock early and stayed till all the color was gone from the sky. That way I could take pictures at various stages, two of which you see here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2018 at 9:22 PM

  5. I can’t resist photographing the sun setting – these would have been fitting contenders for Becky’s SquareSky challenge in December except they are neither square nor is it December 😀


    January 7, 2018 at 6:53 PM

    • I remember seeing that challenge on your blog. If the thing we call a pineapple isn’t an apple and doesn’t grow on pine trees, maybe my non-square pictures from non-December could still be seen to have met the requirements for that challenge.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 7, 2018 at 9:26 PM

  6. The differences in the clouds’ appearance are as appealing as the color change. One of the things I’ve learned is that the show often intensifies after the sun’s gone below the horizon. It can be akin to watching a Clavilux, and just as compelling.


    January 7, 2018 at 10:20 PM

    • Agreed: the best colors came 10–15 minutes after the sun had set. It hasn’t always happened like that, but I’ve learned to hang around till I’m sure there’s no more good stuff.

      Thanks for the reminder about the Clavilux.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 8, 2018 at 7:41 AM

  7. Wonderful color and light, Steve.

    Jane Lurie

    January 10, 2018 at 1:49 PM

  8. That sure is a sunset Steve … I love the way the mountains are draped in gold 🙂


    January 10, 2018 at 6:34 PM

    • I recently rediscovered a sunset picture from a mountainous part of the South Island and another from the coast on the North Island that I’ll show next month on the one-year anniversary of each.

      Steve Schwartzman

      January 10, 2018 at 10:11 PM

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