New Mexico Skies, June 2, 2019

New Mexico skies, as many of you know, can be amazing, spectacular, beautiful, menacing… Add whatever word you wish, and you will see it here one day. These two images are from June 2, 2019. I haven’t been out looking for crepuscular rays at sunrise since I fell and smashed my glasses and face in December 2017. Fortunately, the camera and lens, which hit the driveway first, were completely fine. Way to go, Canon! By the way, I had been out chasing sunbeams at sunrise. On June 2, I went out to get the newspaper. What greeted me? Crepuscular rays! These aren’t the most beautiful or magnificent ones I have seen here, but I was thrilled to see them after such a long time. I grabbed my camera, hoping to be able to capture them.

Crepuscular Rays
Sunrise with Crepuscular Rays, and Clouds Below Sandias

This was such a wonderful Blue Hour with the crepuscular rays and clouds below the Sandias. It made me feel alive in a way I had not felt in a while.

Later that afternoon, stormy skies moved in over the Sandias. At my house I didn’t get much rain. However, I enjoyed watching the clouds and thinking how different the sky was from sunrise that morning.

stormy skies
Stormy Skies, Mid-Afternoon

Both images were taken in my front yard, facing the Sandias to the east. The angles are a little different, but you get the idea.

As I looked at these, I could not help remembering the skies of the 2009 Monsoon Season. Night after night after night we saw blazing sunsets. I always love the New Mexico skies, but part of me hopes the 2019 Monsoon Season can rival that of 2009…

4 Replies to “New Mexico Skies, June 2, 2019”

  1. Beautiful skies. We probably saw something similar, but the skies always look different from the valley.

    1. Hi, Tim. Thanks. That was a day the skies were constantly changing . You are right -it would have appeared different. 🙂

  2. I still miss the sun and moon rising over the mountains in Magdalena. We have spectacular skies here but fewer spectacular viewpoints.

    1. Hi, Bob. Sorry for the delay in responding.
      Your comment reminded me of a memorable sunset in Oklahoma when I was in my early teen years. My parents’ best friends forever were building (or had just built) a new home just north of where the Cowboy Hall of Fame is. We had gone up for the afternoon, and were outside as the sun set. It was gorgeous – a clear blue sky, with pink clouds. Everyone laughed when I seriously asked, “Do you always have sunsets like that up here?” 🙂 That is the first sunset I remember as being particularly memorable. Thanks for dropping by!

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