taos sunset

The sunsets the past few evenings in Taos, New Mexico have been nothing short of spectacular. Yes, we often get pretty amazing sunsets but in the past week since we’ve actually had some clouds and storms for the first time in well over a month, the light from the setting sun has had much more water vapor and dust particles to bounce off of as it travels through the atmosphere. That means the short blue and green wavelengths get scattered and fly away while the long red and orange light wavelengths reach our eyes. Combine that with the thin snow coating the peaks and low clouds racing about and we wind up with the stunning scenes like these. Mind you, they haven’t lasted long…5 minutes or even less so I’ve tried to be ready with my camera for just the right moment.

I talked more about this “golden hour” or “magical hour” photography here.

I’ve fallen WAY behind on my editorial plans here the past few weeks. So many great opportunities have come up lately that I’ve had to scramble to meet them. I’ll have my first story in New Mexico Magazine coming up April 1st (along with several of my photos) and I’ve got another one (with photos) coming out in the magazine Peaks and Plains on March 1st. There has been alot of other stuff going on as well as travel plans for later in the year…..to be announced.

Coming up in the coming week or so I’ll have more from Costa Rica and Tuscany including a look at how the eco-tourism economy in Costa Rica effects individual guides and a tour of the DaVinci Wines processing facility in Vinci, Tuscany.

taos sunset

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taos sunset

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taos sunset


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  1. Comment by Corinne Vail

    Corinne Vail Reply February 11, 2014 at 1:12 pm

    What gorgeous light! I love Taos, well New Mexico in general…it's just beautiful! Good luck on your magazine articles.

  2. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply February 11, 2014 at 1:46 pm

    Thanks Corinne! I'll be sure to post it here when its out!

  3. Comment by Maureen Blevins

    Maureen Blevins Reply February 12, 2014 at 2:50 pm

    That third one is magical!

  4. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply February 12, 2014 at 3:35 pm

    That one is my favorite too. The kids and I just stood there….wow….amazing.

  5. Comment by Bec Kroegel

    Bec Kroegel Reply February 17, 2014 at 11:24 pm

    stunning! those colors are amazing

  6. Comment by Jim O'Donnell

    Jim O'Donnell Reply February 25, 2014 at 7:51 pm

    Thank you Bec. I was pretty stunned standing there watching them!

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