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Thursday, October 7, 2010

SkyWatch Friday, Looking at the Sky on Friday / Sandia Peak at Sunset, Albuquerque, New Mexico USA

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My husband and I took the aerial tram up to Sandia Peak which is the ski area above Albuquerque, New Mexico.  It was the night before the opening of the Balloon Fiesta so there were many people enjoying the view down below.

About 5 minutes later...

Another 5 minutes or so later...

...and then, Albuquerque becomes a sea of lights.  Lightning was creating quite a show in the western sky.  
It was a bit nerve wracking seeing the brilliant flashes as we descended from the 10,300+ foot peak well after dark.

 SkyWatch Friday

Looking at the Sky on Friday

24 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Breathtaking captures, Carolyn! Just superb -- I wasn't kidding about them taking my breath away! Incredible shots! Hope you have a great weekend and thanks for sharing the beauty!

Sylvia

Rajesh said...

Spectacular sunsets. The rays of light piercing through the golden clouds is beautiful.

Linnea said...

This is HEAVENLY! What a fantastic sky! So lucky you were there to capture it...

SquirrelQueen said...

I have to second Sylvia, these are breathtaking shots. I especially like the third one down, it looks like the sun is setting on an orange sea.

nana_ang_poppaphil said...

Absolutely stunning shots. Love the last one with the lights of the city.

Luna Miranda said...

breathtaking photos.

Gabriela Abalo said...

gosh your pictures are beautiful, they take my breath away!!!

thanks for sharing

have a lovely weekend

kmoyama said...

Welcome home! I was looking forward to seeing photos from you trip. Wonderful and breathtaking pictures! I especially like the third one.

Amity said...

Wow...the 5 mins...5 mins..5 mins....wait was worth it!

Isn't our world and sky awesome?

Ralph said...

Our imagined look of heaven must be right here in NM! The Land of Enchantment is indeed just that, the trip up shows us the vistas in the sky...

arabesque said...

i'm speechless, these are truly wonderful shots! ^0^
the best sunsets for me are these fiery oranges or royal bleu colors.
the 1st one looks the best, it's like the hands of someone from up above, welcoming you. ^0^

Kramer said...

From the Sandia Crest?

Kim, USA said...

Oh my those shots are super fantastic, love it! Happy weekend!
Blue sky Reflection

Hood Photo Blog said...

These are amazing! What a beautiful series of photos :)

afanja said...

These are absolutely stunning shots. The light and the colors are almost magic!

James said...

These shots are beyond great! They are glorious!

fredamans said...

The change is astonishing! Fabulous shots!

http://fredamans.blogspot.com/2010/10/sky-friday.html

Spiderdama said...

Oh, so beautiful.. I think it`s painted by the finger of God.
Love your photos!:-)

Tricia said...

Beautiful beautiful beautiful!

Rick said...

All I can say is WOW Carolyn - stunning sunset shots and captivating night shot !

Liz said...

Wonderful snapshots!

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Light and Voices said...

I grew up in Albuquerque, NM. These photos express why NM is called the Land of Enchantment.
Joyce M

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Isn't it gorgeous! We've been up there but never at sunset or after dark -- how could we not have thought of doing that? more reasons for another trip!!

Irene said...

Wow! Stunning captures! What a scenery! I'd love to go there :o)