Sunsets & Cotton

Bright red on the Sandias last night.

Cotton light up by the setting sun.

Golden glow and specs of cotton as the suns sits on the horizon.

Fluffy cotton thunderheads.

Cotton floating in front of the trees.

Tonight’s sunset looking west from the levee.

The red was muted on the Sandias tonight.

61 thoughts on “Sunsets & Cotton

  1. Oh-my-oh-my-oh-my…… oh-my!!!!
    …and they could go on forever!
    Breathtaking shots, my friend, all of them! I’ll be here for a (long) while…

  2. Lovely looking summer-“snowflakes”, but I can imagine, this can be annoying when sticking everywhere, like the seeds of poplar trees if one has some growing in the near of the house, as I remember from my childhood.

  3. You have all my favorite subjects and colors in there, but I think I really love the Sandias, sky, woods and river the best. Those mountains invoke such a feeling of peace. The cottonwood cotton makes beautiful compositions, too. Very nice!

  4. When I look at your skies, I see eternity unfolding. “I know that I am mortal by nature, and ephemeral; but when I trace at my pleasure the windings to and fro of the heavenly bodies I no longer touch the earth with my feet: I stand in the presence of Zeus himself and take my fill of ambrosia” Ptolemy, Ptolemy’s Almagest

  5. As pretty as the cotton is (the effect of it floating and glowing like that) I’m sure it is a pain to the residents! It probably gets into everything, eh?

      • Hi Tim. I believe it. Pollen of all sorts block A/C units and Thermo pumps and whatever else it can get into so, I couldn’t figure out why my A/C was not giving me cool air until my daughter’s friend came and cleared out a good two inches of the stuff! Jeez… there are only about four inches between the unit and the wall! At least, now I know. (So many things were not “my job” but have become so… Thanks, Mick. 🙄

      • Many a hot 4th of July weekend I had to go to the office and clean the condenser on the split-air to the server room. Those days are over, but I still have to clean the home units.

  6. Oh wow, Tim, drama in the sky!! I just came in getting some of my own drama. These clouds OH what a thrill!! Your pictures are outstanding! Thank you!

      • Could be movement, but more likely it’s not focusing on your subject, if blurred images are the issue. If you have iPhone, you can touch the subject on the screen you want it to focus on. Phone cameras have multiple focus points, and the points might not be focusing on your subject. It’s especially useful when you are close to a small subject, like an insect, and the camera is focusing on the larger objects in the background or around it. It’s the same issue with trying to focus on small objects with DSLR or mirrorless cameras. The camera often focuses on everything in the frame but what you want it to focus on .

      • That’s great information Timothy and I’ll give it a whirl.. no doubt I’m trying to get the live capture and missing that part, thanks. What kind of camera do you use?

      • I use a variety of cameras and lenses. Almost all the sunset, wide-angle and super-wide-angle, and about half the insects are done with my iPhone 12 mini. The Bazooka, which is a large Canon 400mm f/4 DO lens is on a Canon 7D Mark II body. The 7D has a crop sensor the the Bazooka is equivalent of a 620mm lens on that body. Then I have a Canon 70-200mm f/4 L soom lens on a Canon 5Ds body. The 5Ds has a full frame sensor. I have other bodies and lenses, but those 3 are what I’m using for everything you are seeing on my blog these days.

      • Wow you do have lots of options and it shows. You are quite a great photographer. I admire your work. Thanks for all of that information💖

  7. Wow there’s so much beauty in that post! Each picture is as breathtaking as the next. Finding it hard to look away from them!

  8. Tim these photographs are so beautiful. Everyone has something different yet stunning. I certainly know why you love living on the Rio Grande. I love the cotton wood blowing certainly made for a gorgeous photograph. Sending my love. Happy Fourth of July. ❤️🤗💕

    • We get the bright red on the Sandias most days, but if there is a lot of clouds the reds are muted. Thanks, Brian.

  9. Wow! that cotton looks like snow! Is that cotton carrying seeds?
    The Sandias are stunning. The light up magnificently!

    • Hi Resa. The cotton have seeds, but there has to be flooding from them to germinate. Lavinia’s tree is one that germinated from irrigating. We see few young cottonwoods since the flooding of the Rio Grande is very well controlled.

    • I have a type-Oh my did I type that? everyday. I get reports from Grammarly on my typing. I’m always 80% plus more productive than other Grammarlyarians. I consistently use more unique words than than 90% plus of the people who use Grammarly. But I always suck when it comes to typing accuracy.

      • It catches a lot of errors, but it doesn’t always get it right, so I have to watch for weird things it comes up with like when auto correct is turned on.

      • Auto mistake, you mean!
        Just kidding, but it can be very stubborn when I want to use my own lingo.

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