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Part of a New Mexico sunset


Starting August 2018, I'm adding clouds and sunsets and maybe other things. I'll begin with the image shown above, which I took from my back yard. When you live in New Mexico, sometimes the great sunsets find you.


cirrus clouds, mare's tails, Albuquerque, New Mexico


Cirrus clouds are popularly known as mare's tails, and in the photo above it's easy to see why. This photo was taken from my front yard.


Cloud street, horizontal convective rolls, Jemez Mountains, New Mexico


A cloud street (also known as horizontal convective rolls) above the Jemez Mountains.


Cumulus congestus cloud over the Sandia Mountains, New Mexico


A cumulus congestus (or towering cumulus) cloud over the crest of the Sandia Mountains. Aided by a mountain updraft, this cloud is on its way from being a "standard" cumulus (cumulus humilis) cloud to being a cumulonimbus cloud.

Cumulonimbus cloud, Mt. Taylor, New Mexico


A cumulonimbus cloud over Mt. Taylor and Cebolleta Mesa, as seen from the west foothills of the Sandia Mountains.


cumulonimbus cloud, Albuquerque, New Mexico


At sunset a cumulonimbus cloud towers high over the Sandia Mountains, turning golden in the last sunlight. Taken from my front yard.


Sunset, Albuquerque, New Mexico


A photo taken in my back yard on the first evening of October 2019. People from other parts of the country may think that the colors are exaggerated, but for a couple of minutes the sky looked this much on fire.


Manzano Mountains, Cibola National Forest, New Mexico


The northern Manzano Mountains as seen from the Tecolote Trail in the Sandia Mountains. Smoke from the forest fires of 2021 had turned the Manzanos into silhouettes.


Los Pinos Mountains, New Mexico, snowstorm

A snowstorm over the Los Pinos Mountains at the east edge of the Rio Grande Rift. Photo taken in March 2023, from one of the Sevilleta NWR visitor center trails.