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Dust Storm at Sunset- Taos, New Mexico

The wind in Taos blows all the time, but this day was worst. Winds of 20-30 mph with gust reaching 50-60 mph had the air-filled with dust and made our attempt at hiking almost impossible. I ask one of the locals what this did to sunsets and was told ” They look all brown and ugly”, so that night I drove out to see. The first picture  (WAS NOT PHOTOSHOPPED) was taken several miles out of Taos and you can see the dust clouds. The wind was still blowing so hard that I had to hold the tripod from tipping over. The second photo was taken two nights later when the air had cleared, a passing car’s headlights brought out the foreground sage..

Dust filled sunset in Taos


Sunset outside Taos


May 11, 2011 - Posted by | Photography, Travel | , , , , , , , , , ,


  1. Nice work! The Sunset is beautiful!! New Mexico is truly an enchanting place. Too bad most people can’t appreciate the rugged beauty of it all. I really wished I could have made it to Taos while I was there…but now I have an excuse to go back.

    Comment by M Whitelow IV | May 11, 2011 | Reply

    • We did a lot of hiking in the mountains and down in the Rio Grande gourge and loved it, but I didnt like the town of Taos. It was much smaller and not as nice as I had hoped for. The mountains towards Angel Fire where great and the gourge was very nice.

      Comment by rdbelden | May 11, 2011 | Reply

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