Paint the Light Dramatic

We did get rain, snow, and high winds last night and most of the day. We got rain in the valley, but the Sandias and foothills got snow with really high winds.

The afternoon light from the sun peeking through the clouds was intense on the cottonwoods.

Looking SE to SW after sunset.

The Sandias with clouds at sunset.

Cottonwoods, dry irrigation ditch, and gate.

Looking west.

Dramatic light on the Sandias.

69 thoughts on “Paint the Light Dramatic

      • I love the work of Georgia O’Keefe. I visited her home one time and loved driving around New Mexico. I have good friends living in Santa Fe and so am hoping one day to get back there again. Thank you Timothy:)

  1. Van Gogh would be so overwhelmed with these, he’d be in a painting frenzy!!!!
    Le Grande Gasp for me…
    I expect to be here for many many days, so I hope you don’t mind me having your post open constantly!
    Speechless, my friend!

  2. These are spectacular photos, Tim, every one of them. The dark sky and bright angled sun are favorite subjects of mine. Even the drainage ditch is an object of beauty. Thank you. These photos have made my morning, reminding me of all the many wonderful and good things out there in the world.

    • Hi Mary-Jo. Our cottonwoods don’t bloom with the red or green pre-tatone blossoms of sorts until late May or early June. The they burst forth with cotton at the end of June and early July. So there is lots of flammable cotton around for fireworks to set ablaze. Currently, they a budding with the sticky shells that fall on the cars and leave little sticky marks all over the cars’ hoods, roofs and rear windows..

  3. Wow! The lights are astonishing, and your photos are too. The last one is particularly beautiful, this gold color on top of the mountains is amazing and the clouds look fluffy and coton like. Did you have troubles with the snow and the wind?

    • Thanks, Flo. I did not have trouble with the snow and wind. The wind caused a lot of power outages in various parts of the city, however.

  4. Oh my Tim… Your skies are so dramatic… our skies never see that colour mostly grey overcast, or pale blue…. We have had a few morning sunrises which have cast their glow… But nothing like your images…
    Hope all is well with you …. Hope your weather is being kind… 🙂

    • HI Sue. Since we live in the valley the fierce winds blew over us. The winds in the heights took out power and caused a lot of problems. We are doing well considering. We are getting our second round of vaccines in the morning. Things are a little crazy for me moving our office into a new building. Our governess has ordered all teachers back to the classrooms on April 5th. After all the chaos she caused with her heavy-handed lockdowns, she is now going to cause as much, maybe more, chaos ordering schools to reopen at full capacities while trying to keep students socially distant with everyone wearing masks. Like right!

      • YEP…. same in the UK….. chaotic … and its child abuse…. Lots I could say Tim… But I won’t……… I could cry some days… But that too is not going so help any…
        So pleased your valley was spared…. We have high winds here again today and this evening…. Blowing a gale outside right now… But nothing like the winds you see.. So we are lucky…
        Stay blessed..

  5. OMG! May I use those Cottonwood pics? One would be for the next episode of PBH &the AGMs.
    The other for the gown post. I know it’s a bit away, but they look like an Art Gown.

  6. Tim I could really fall in love with the beauty you are surrounded with and know why you love it there. I love the pictures of the cottonwoods. Crazy beautiful. ❤️🤗

    • BTW did you see my latest parody I posted last Sunday? It’s called Frumpy Man. I think you will enjoy it.

      • No but I can’t wait I will get my computer out for this treat. It is easy to get lost in your site. There are so many beautiful photographs of the trees, sunsets, birds, even beavers. Your owls captivate me they are magnificent creatures. I will let you know what my impressions were especially if is what I think it might be. Love ❤️ J

  7. Really stunning photos I was reading about a reservoir in Nevada that was emptying revealing a lost boat and three skeletons. I guess rain is welcome in some areas in the States.

    • Thanks, Charlotte. Lots of boats that sank over the years are now exposed in Lake Mead. They are finding bodies dumped by the mob, also.

      Our Elephant Butte lake was the largest man made lake in the world between 1911 and 1936 and the 2nd largest irrigation dam ever built at the time after the Azwan Dam in Egypt.

      Hoover Dam became the largest dam of the time when it was completed in 1936 producing Lake Mead, which is a big lake, even when it’s about empty.

      The Salton Sea in southern California is the largest made by accident inland bodies of water in the USA.

      • When I listened to it again I remembered the song not the name of the sea, is it tidal? Can you believe its nearly 3 years since you posted that! Where has the time gone. Those photos are great too I like the swing in the water. Nice little lunch break listen. Now back to work.

      • Tres año. Sí. The Salton Sea was created when an irrigation ditch broke and filled the basin over a two your period starting in 1905. The sea is large and shallow at around 40 feet deep. It was a huge regreation area for years, and there were big plans for resort towns. But since it is a closed basin, the evaporation cased salinization, slowly turning it into an almost dead sea. Now it looks post apocalyptic. It’s near Coachella were they have the huge music festival if you have heard of Coachella.

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