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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″)


Sandia Ridge in Clouds

A fin of rock along one of the ridge lines in the Sandia Mountain Range pokes up into the clouds.

Sandia Ridge in Clouds (Single Frame #1, 2021, B&W), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (22.5″x15″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 5

After shooting a several panoramas, I used my ND filter to make a few long-exposure photographs of the passing winter storm. I shot a series, ranging from 30 seconds to 6-7 minutes. There wasn’t enough blur in the clouds at <30-60 seconds, and at >3-4 minutes the clouds started losing most of their texture/blur, so I decided to share the 61s and 91s exposures.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (ND Single Frame 61s, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (15″x22.5″)

Sandias and Winter Clouds (ND Single Frame 91s, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (15″x22.5″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 4

After shooting a series of panoramas, I decided to make several single-frame photographs focused on the foothills and the patch of light on the mountains in the background. Here is one of my favorite single-frame photographs.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Single Frame #1, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (15″x22.5″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 3

Another panorama of the Sandia foothills as winter storm clouds lift over the Crest. This is one of my favorite sets of photographs from the evening because the brighter foothills and clouds seem to frame the dark mountains. I can’t decide if I like the color or black and white version of the panorama better, so I decided to post both; the clouds appear more dramatic in the black and white version, and the foreground pops out more in the color version. Note the splash of light in the far left mid/background on the foothills.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #8, 2021, Color), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x76″)

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #8, 2021, B&W), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x76″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 2

Last week I posted a panorama that focused on the path in the foreground, but for the second round of panoramas, I decided to focus more on the dramatic clouds draped over the mountains.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #4, 2021), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (21″x64″)

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #3, 2021), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (20″x52″)


Sandia Mountain Winter Storm, Part 1

Winter storm clouds obscure the top of the Sandia Mountains outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Sandias and Winter Clouds (Panorama #1, 2021), Cibola National Forest, New Mexico (18″x67″)


Sandia Mountains and Clouds, 2019

The road to the Sandia Tram winds  up the Sandia Foothills outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Road to Sandia Tram and Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #1), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x68″)

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Road to Sandia Tram and Storm Clouds (B&W Panorama #1), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x53″)


Sandias and Winter Storm Clouds, 2019

A lone juniper stands on a grassy slope in front of the Sandia Mountains in the high desert outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Juniper, Storm Clouds, Sandia Mountains (B&W Panorama #6), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x38″)

 


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″)


Panoramas of Sandia Mountains and Winter Storm Clouds

A few black and white panoramas of winter storm clouds over the Sandia Mountains on New Year’s Eve, 2018.

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Winter Storm Clouds and Snow over Sandias (B&W Panorama #4, NYE 2018), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x35″)

 

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Winter Storm Clouds and Snow over Sandias (B&W Panorama #1, NYE 2018), Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x63″)


Sandia Mountains and Winter Storm

Snow, clouds, and fog from a winter storm over the Sandia Mountains, taken from Forest Service Road 333.

WinterStormCloudsSandias2018_SingleFrameWinter Storm Clouds over Sandias (Single Frame), Cibola National Forest, NM (12″x18″)

 


Sandia Mountains and Winter Clouds

After a winter storm dropped a few inches of snow on the Sandia foothills, I stopped along Forest Service Road 333 to photograph this panorama of the light from the setting sun on the clearing storm clouds and Sandia Mountains.

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Sun and Clouds after Winter Storm, Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x46″)


Winter Storm Clouds from Placitas, NM

While visiting with friends in Placitas, NM I and stopped to photograph the approaching winter storm over the Sandia Mountains.

 

placitas_sandias_stormclouds_bw_panoramaApproaching Winter Storm and Sandia Mountains, Cibola National Forest, NM (16″x48″)

 

placitas_sandias_stormclouds_singleframe_colorWinter Storm and Sandia Mountains (Single Frame), Strip Mine Trailhead, Cibola National Forest, NM (12″x18″)


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″)

 

 


Cholla Cacti and Sandias in Clouds

Here is another view of the Sandia Mountains from near the Elena Gallegos trailhead. In the distance to the right of the peak, the tram car has just exited the clouds on its way down the mountain.

ChollaCactiCloudySandiasCholla Cacti and Cloudy Sandias, Sandia Mountain Wilderness, NM (12″x18″)