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By Katherine Johnson

March 02, 2018

Sandia Mountain 30 Minutes After Sunset – Rio Grande River Valley – Albuquerque, NM

I went out tonight to spend some time with Sandia Mountain. This particular view is taken from Rio Rancho looking out over the Village of Corrales, the Rio Grande, and finally to Sandia Mountain which visually dominates everything in and around Albuquerque in a manner that is difficult to grasp in a photograph.

Another challenge is to understand how huge this mountain from a photograph. In this particular image I was about 10 miles away from the summit with the length of the mountain, as pictured, being around 15 miles. The summit has an elevation of 10,679 which is about a mile higher than the Rio Grande River channel.

The hints of Spring arrived here in mid February and since then the days are noticeably becoming warmer and of course each day gets a little bit longer. This transition, from winter to the equinox, has a profound effect on how the mountain is illuminated. There is great clarity here at this moment and and for a few moments after the sun slips below the horizon the land becomes bathed in glorious reds and magentas while the sky becomes a perfect blue.

It is something to behold. It is something to cherish.

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