Thursday, January 7, 2010

Big Lenticular Sunset Over the Organ Mountains for Skywatch

My sister and I love to sit outside on the patio and watch the sunset reflected on the Organ Mountains. This habit, and the fact that we enjoy a glass of wine while observing the sky, has given us an immediate reputation in our new neighborhood. Whenever we meet another neighbor for the first time, she will say, "Oh, you're the ladies down at the little adobe house who watch the mountains every afternoon!" The more diplomatic ones will add, "... while drinking tea!"

When this sunset started shaping up, I ran for my camera. I literally didn't know which way to turn because, while this big lenticular show was taking place over the mountains, the sunset sky was almost as spectacular in the other direction. I'll post those photos for the next Skywatch.

I tend to tilt the camera when I get excited. Other than the tilt correction and a bit of cropping, these photos are straight from the camera. The colors you see are just as we saw them on this spectacular evening. Click on the photos for a slightly larger view.






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25 comments:

the7msn said...

These are simply stunning. I'm so glad you moved to Las Cruces, and I know you are, too - not only when you watch the sunsets but when you compare those weather forecasts on the sidebar and gloat.

Sylvia K said...

Magnificent captures, Clariz! I'm happy for you, too, regarding your move -- with mountain views and sunsets like these, how could not be thrilled to be where you are now!!!
Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Rajesh said...

Breathtaking sunset shots. I love the beautiful color combinations in the sky.

Regina said...

Awesome sunset!

Happy weekend.

Pacey said...

Would you mind if I join in? that's a lovely sight I would never let pass.

Postcards from Wildwood said...

Absolutely stunning. And I've learned a new cloud term too - lenticular! Thank you!
Janice.

Xavi said...

Beautiful captures!!
Thanks for sharing & visiting my blog.
Have a nice weekend.

Elisabeth said...

Amazing! Magnificent! Breathtaking! All are wonderful...how exciting to see such a "show."

Shannara said...

Lovely pics, awesome sunset.

Pearl Maple said...

Amazing view of what mother nature does with colours, simply beautiful.

eden said...

Those are beautiful. Great shots!

Light and Voices said...

I really enjoyed seeing your header.
Joyce, IL, USA

Eve said...

While drinking 'tea'? Haha...

Beautiful photos - I love that vibrant pink in your sky! :)

SandyCarlson said...

These clouds are like sand sculptures! Gorgeous.

The Good Life in Virginia said...

clariz...these are spectacular captures...love the movement of the clouds, the colors, the forms...perfect.
and...whether you are sipping tea or the other stuff...as long as you are enjoying is all that matters!

have a fab weekend.
erin

Halcyon said...

Such beautiful colors! I can see why you enjoy it.

Happy Friday!!

Yogi♪♪♪ said...

Wow, I could get into the wine sipping sunset mode also. Great series of photographs. I love them.

Quiet Paths said...

I must say these are such interesting and dynamic clouds no matter how they present themselves. I love seeing them-Martian clouds I call them. Really great captures.

Brenda's Arizona said...

STUNNING!!

Helena said...

These are amazing captures! The colours are absolutely gorgeous.

Robin said...

Absolutely breathtaking. How lucky that you were there to see, and shoot, it.

Splendid Little Stars said...

spectacular, stunning, awe-inspiring! Can't wait to see what your sunset looked like!

Spiderdama said...

Wow! How beautiful shots and colors:-)

charlotte g said...

Yep, the sunsets really ARE more amazing there. Sometimes I start thinking it's just my revisionist memories. Had a gorgeous winter sunset here in North Texas a few weeks ago that was a glowing orangy red, but it was only in the west and lasted at most 15 minutes. I remember sitting on the porch in Alamogordo, enjoying the sunset falling over the Sacramentos in the east rather than looking west. Really enjoyed. Thanks.

Linda said...

How stunning. It's like a scene from a sci-fi film. Now I know where they got their ideas for.