Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “Desert

Mountains to East from Sandia Crest

Early autumn clouds over the mountain range to the east of Sandia Crest.

Mountains to East of Sandia Crest (B&W#1), Sandia-Manzano Mountains, NM (12″x22″)

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Panorama of Clouds from Sandia Crest

Early autumn clouds over Albuquerque from Sandia Crest.

Clouds over Albuquerque from Sandia Crest (B&W Panorama #1),
Sandia-Manzano Mountains, NM (15″x61″)


Clouds over Albuquerque from Sandia Crest

Early autumn clouds over Albuquerque, as viewed from Sandia Peak.

Clouds over Albuquerque from Sandia Crest (B&W#1), Sandia-Manzano Mountains, NM (15″x22.5″)


Building Clouds North of Albuquerque

Late spring/early summer clouds build over the desert north of Albuquerque.

Building Spring Clouds North of Albuquerque (2022), outside Albuquerque, NM (21″x46″)


Late spring rain clouds over Sandia Wilderness

Panorama of spring rain clouds over the Sandia foothills and Wilderness area near Elena Gallegos outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rain Clouds over Elena Gallegos (Panorama #1, Color), outside Albuquerque, NM (20″x50″)


Loo with a View at Galisteo, NM

Old outhouse on the Galisteo Basin Preserve outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Outhouse and Hills, Galisteo Basin Preserve, New Mexico (16″x31″)


Bosque del Apache Sunset

Around sunset, geese begin to return to the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge after spending the day in fields throughout the Middle Rio Grande Valley.

BosqueDelApache_Pano1_2019Bosque del Apache Sunset (#1), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x39″)

BosqueDelApache_Pano2_2019Bosque del Apache Sunset (#2), Bosque del Apache NWR, San Antonio, NM (16″x36″)


Santa Fe, NM Summer Clouds

Bulb exposure of gathering summer rain clouds over a sculpture at Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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Meow Wolf Sculpture and Summer Clouds, Santa Fe, New Mexico (12″x18″)


Cerro Bonanza, NM

While driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, I stopped to photograph the shifting evening light on passing clouds and Cerro Bonanza.

CerroBonanza_BW_Panorama_March2019.jpgCerro Bonanza and Evening Clouds, near Santa Fe, NM (16″x54″)

 

 


Looking North from Sun Mountain, Santa Fe, NM

The shapes of the clouds appeared to mimic the shapes of the foothills outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

SantaFeClouds_BaldyPeak_Panorama_Spring2019Clouds over Baldy Peak and SF National Forest, near Santa Fe, NM (16″x54″)

 

 


Spring Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest

Late winter/early spring winds blow tumbleweeds against a fence as clouds pass over the Santa Fe National Forest near Route 16 and Peña Blanca, NM.

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Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest, near Peña Blanca, NM (16″x47″)

 


Tree in Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Erosion has washed away the rocks and soil under the ponderosa pine hanging onto the rock walls in the main slot canyon at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. One of my favorite trees in the world to photograph.

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Tree in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (18″x12″)

 


Spring Rain Clouds over Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Spring clouds over a slot canyon composed of eroded layers of volcanic rock and ash from ancient pyroclastic flows in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM.

 

TentRocks_SkyWall_BW_March2019Spring Clouds over Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (12″x18″)

 


Spring Rain Clouds over Sandia Mountains

Rain clouds pass over the Sandia Mountains and Cibola National Forest at sunset outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Spring Rain Clouds and Sandias at Sunset, outside Albuquerque, NM (10″x16″)


Monsoon Clouds 2017, NM

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.

MonsoonClouds_Sandias_2017_Panorama1_ColorMonsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, Pano #1, Color), outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x65″)

 

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Monsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, SF #1, B&W), outside Albuquerque, NM (12″x18″)

 

 


Evening Shadows near Sheepshead

As we were hiking back to the car from Sheepshead, I stopped to take a few panoramas of the setting sun casting shadows across the grass and cliffs. Early morning and late afternoon are my favorite times of day in Cochise Stronghold because the grass turns a golden brown.

LastLookBackattheCliffsCochiseStrongholdLast Look back at the Cliffs, Cochise Stronghold, AZ (16″x70″)

SettingSunandCliffsCochiseStrongholdSetting Sun and Cliffs, Cochise Stronghold, AZ (13″x60″)


Shadow in the Grass

After climbing a multi-pitch route in Cochise Stronghold, we hiked back to the truck at sunset. I stopped to photograph the scrub oak trees cast long shadows across the high desert grasses.

OakTreeShadowinGrassCochiseStrongholdOak Tree Shadow in Grass, Cochise Stronghold, AZ (13″x44″)


Top of Sheepshead

After topping out on Sheepshead, we took a few minutes to eat a snack and snap a few photographs before walking off the back of the cliff and climbing more on the northwest face. Afternoon light contrasted with shadows and outlines of scraggly trees eking out an existence on the harsh clifftop. The air was surprisingly clear. Rows of mountains disappeared over the southern Arizona horizon.

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Pothole, Tree, Shadow on Sheepshead, Cochise Stronghold, southern AZ (12″x18″)

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Boulder, Tree, Shadow on Sheepshead, Cochise Stronghold, southern AZ (12″x18″)


Lightning over Tucson

While climbing on one of the fins at Windy Point (along the Catalina Highway outside Tucson, AZ) in August, I watched a monsoon storm rumble across the valley below. I took a few minutes to photograph the storm clouds as they approached us. After I drove home I realized that I had also captured a lightning bolt in the panorama.

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Lightning and Monsoon Clouds fromWindy Point, Coronado National Forest, AZ (26″x64″)


Monsoon Storm near Gage, NM

While driving back to Arizona in August, I pulled off Interstate 10 to photograph this monsoon storm cloud north of Gage, NM.

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Monsoon Storm Clouds north of Gage, near Gage, NM (16″x64″)


Railroad Tracks along Highway 26

I liked the abstract feel of the curving railroad tracks in the foreground, desert scrub in the landscape, and gathering clouds in the sky.

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Railroad Tracks, Desert, Sky, near Hatch, NM (16″x50″)


Water Tower Along Highway 26, NM

I frequently drive between Tucson, AZ and Albuquerque, NM to visit family. While driving to Hatch from I-10, I always notice a lone water tower standing over the railroad tracks along Highway 26. Last summer I finally stopped to photograph the structure and the railroad tracks. An approaching monsoon storm had also kicked up a dust storm over the wind farm across the road.

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Wind Farm and Haboob, near Hatch, NM (16″x52″)

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Water Tower along Highway 26, near Hatch, NM (16″x32″)

 


Monsoon from Sentinel Peak

When I stepped off the plane from Nepal in late June, it was about 110F (~40C) here in southern Arizona. Fortunately, the monsoon started soon after I arrived. After work one evening I drove up to the top of Sentinel Peak (near downtown Tucson) and shot a few panoramas of the lumbering monsoon storms as they approached from the south.

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Monsoon Storm from Sentinel Peak #2, Tucson Mountains, AZ (16″x74″)


Boot Hill Climbing

Routes on the north and west faces of the rock promontory above the Prison Camp area make for great spring climbing along the Catalina Highway on Mt Lemmon. I especially liked the shadows of the passing clouds on the hills in the background.

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Boot Hill Cliffs and Clouds, Coronado National Forest, AZ (16″x39″)