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Atomic City Sunset

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The sun sets over the Jemez mountains and Los Alamos, NM

While in New Mexico, we stayed at the lovely home of some friends in Santa Fe. The 360 degree views from the hilltop house were stunning with the Santa Fe and Sangre de Cristo mountains to the east and the Jemez mountains to the west. As the sun set to the west, the lights of Los Alamos would begin to twinkle beneath the Jemez ridgeline.

I found myself thinking about Los Alamos quite a bit. This was the place where the first atomic bomb was developed and tested. We visited the town on our way back from hiking in the Jemez Mountains. Unlike neighboring Santa Fe—where adobe homes and businesses are the rule—the architecture of Los Alamos is all metal and glass. Very modern. Los Alamos calls itself the “Atomic City”— a moniker I understand is taken with pride, but I can’t help but feel a bit conflicted about it. The work done there might have helped to end the Second World War, but it’s also ushered us into a far more dangerous world.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 69mm, ISO 1600, f/8, 1/50” exposure.

Two-tone with stone

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A sandstone round on two-toned sand

The beach a few steps from the cottage we stayed at on PEI was a wonderful place. This sandstone round caught my eye as it sat just above the line of wet and dry sand.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ `4mm, circular polarizing filter, ISO 800, f/14, 1/200″ exposure

After the rain

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Sunset clouds, a crescent moon, and rising mist after yesterday’s rains

Welcome rain fell yesterday afternoon. We certainly needed it! After the showers cleared, the sky to the west lit up with fine sunset colors, and the crescent moon hung quietly in the sky above the post rain mists. I took this shot from the volleyball court.

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 800, f/4.8, 1/160″ exposure

Smokey Mountain Sunset

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Sunlight drains from the sky over the Great Smokey Mountains

We spent a few days in the Smokey Mountains on our way back north. Watching the colors drain from the sky over the layered ridges was quite the treat!

Panasonic GX8, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 46mm, ISO 400, f/8, 1/40″ exposure

Fire in the sky

Last evening's sunset was simply spectacular!
Last evening’s sunset was simply spectacular!

Last night’s sunset was spectacular! Fire in the sky!

Panasonic Lumix GM5, ISO 200, f/4.5, 1/40″ exposure.

Red sky at night…

The sun sets deep red into the trees
The sun sets deep red into the trees

Yesterday’s heat and humidity made for a dramatic sunset as it slid behind the trees while we ate dinner on the back deck.

Panasonic Lumix GM5, Lumix 14-140mm lens @ 140m, ISO 800, f/22, 1/200″ exposure.

Crepuscular

Crepuscular rays burst from behind the clouds above Indian Lake
Crepuscular rays burst from behind the clouds above Indian Lake

We were paddling on Indian Lake in the Adirondacks the other evening—dodging showers—when the sun streamed out from behind the clouds in a spectacular display of crepuscular rays (a.k.a. “God rays”).

Sony RX100mIII, ISO 125, f/4, 1/60″ exposure.

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