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Land Of Enchantment - Rainbow Over Sandia Mountains
"Land of Enchantment" is the state motto of New Mexico. It is truly a fitting motto, what with the state's remarkable sunsets, storied history, and phenomenal geology. Truth be told, I came away with many photographs that deserve this same title. There is enchantment around every bend. But if one scene deserved the title above all the others, this was it. As a summer monsoon swept through Albuquerque, I set out with my camera, racing the sunset. I found my vantage point – the base of the dramatic Sandia Mountains – and was just in time for one heck of a lightshow. The sun dipped below the clouds, and lit up the virga (rain which evaporates before hitting the ground) as if switching on a light. Then appeared the brightest double rainbow I've ever seen, seemingly only a hundred yards away. Combined with the golden foothills and towering Sandias, I felt as if I were on the set of an epic movie. It was one of those experiences that sticks with you forever, whether you photograph it or not.
August 3rd, 2011
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