Winter storm clouds gather behind cholla cacti on a plain west of I-25 between Albuquerque and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Cholla Cactus and Winter Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #4),
Santa Fe National Forest, NM (16″x40″)
The road to the Sandia Tram winds up the Sandia Foothills outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Road to Sandia Tram and Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #1), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x68″)
Road to Sandia Tram and Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #1), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x53″)
A lone juniper stands on a grassy slope in front of the Sandia Mountains in the high desert outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Juniper, Storm Clouds, Sandia Mountains (B&W Panorama #6), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x38″)
Rain clouds pass over the Sandia Mountains and Cibola National Forest at sunset outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Spring Rain Clouds and Sandias at Sunset, outside Albuquerque, NM (10″x16″)
Last rays of sunlight poke through winter clouds over cottonwoods near the Rio Grande River outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Winter Sunset, Clouds, and Cottonwoods, Albuquerque, NM (16″x44″)
Every winter, I try to make time to travel back to New Mexico to visit family around the holidays. I enjoy hiking up into the Sandia Wilderness area east of town to photograph winter storm clouds (and possibly snow) on the mountains. Around Christmas day (2018), I took a few panoramas of the approaching winter storm clouds off to the west over the city. More panoramas of the winter storm coming in the next few weeks.
Approaching Winter Storm Clouds (Colo#1, 2018), over Albuquerque, NM (12″x23″)
Around sunset in the winter months, migrating cranes land along the Rio Grande near the Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge in southern Albuquerque, New Mexico.
Tree and Cranes at Sunset, Valle de Oro National Wildlife Refuge, NM (12″x18″)
Last July, I had the pleasure of seeing this spectacular thunderstorm roll over the Sandia Mountains while I was back in New Mexico for a conference. I pulled off NM SR556 to shoot a few single frame photographs and panoramas of the passing rainstorm as it dumped precipitation on Placitas.
Monsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, Pano #1, Color), outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x65″)
Monsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, SF #1, B&W), outside Albuquerque, NM (12″x18″)
The El Nino this year has so far brought a bit of the projected winter rain and snow to the Southwest. I spent a few days in New Mexico over the holidays, and I took my yearly panorama of the Sandia Mountain Wilderness draped in clouds from one of the winter storms we have received so far.
Road, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, Clouds, outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x76″)