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Sandia Sunset

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 23 March 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

One of the first things we did on our little road trip last week was to ride the tram up to the top of Sandia Peak in Albuquerque, New Mexico to catch the sunset.

A trip on the Sandia Peak Aerial Tramway transports you above deep canyons and breathtaking terrain a distance of 2.7 miles. The vantage point from the observation deck atop 10,378 foot Sandia Peak in the Cibola National Forest affords an 11,000 square-mile panoramic view of the Rio Grande Valley and New Mexico, the Land of Enchantment.

Road Trip #1

NIKON D5000 1/60 second F/4.5 ISO 400 42 mm (35mm equiv.)

pooneh from mazandaran, Iran

Is beautiful

23 Mar 2012 6:14am

Goldenpleasure from Bakel, Netherlands

A great shot, beautiful displays the depth.

23 Mar 2012 7:14am

J.R. from Urasoe City, Japan

Awesome ride for sure:)

23 Mar 2012 9:36am

Lougris from Toulouse, France

magnifique vision !! quelle lumière.

23 Mar 2012 11:14am

Joyce from Montana, United States

Like the way the sun lights up the cables, and ambiance, droopy and gulp, not all that capable appearing, but which adds that artistic tension. :-D There is a cable ride in Jackson Wyoming, and one in, what a contrast, the desert in Palm Springs Calif. Really fun to elevate so quickly to a vastly different climate. Climb is the word!

23 Mar 2012 1:47pm

@Joyce: I have been on the one in Jackson Hole several times in the summer, but never skied there - even "back in the day" when I did ski. ;-) It's a great ride and an easy way to get to some great hiking and backpacking areas.

Rick from Toronto, Canada

A super dramatic and beautiful view; good thing I don't mind heights :-)

23 Mar 2012 3:06pm

Tracy from La Selva Beach, United States

What a view!!! I am a bit afraid of heights, but I love seeing them from here at my desk!

23 Mar 2012 3:09pm

Judy aka L@dybug from Brooksville, FL, United States

When we were there (eons ago), we drove to the top and it was BITTER COLD in late April. I now have a 'foto friend' who lives in Corrales, with a view of the Sandia Mtns. on the west side. Glad you got to take the tram up for the sunset; looking forward to more of your shots!

23 Mar 2012 3:20pm

@Judy aka L@dybug: It was cold and got even colder after the sun went down and the wind kicked up. When we rode down we warmed up as we ate at that Mexican food place with the gorgeous view of the lights all across the valley below. It was all a nice ending to a day of driving from Texas. ;-)

franz from Baden, Austria

very impressive indeed! i love the gleam of the sunlight on the cables further below!
hope you got the view you were wishing for ... !!

23 Mar 2012 5:37pm

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

A beautiful bird's eye view here Barbara! The late afternoon light paints the cables beautifully! Nicely captured! ;-)

23 Mar 2012 6:17pm

omid from mashhad, Iran

very nice!!!

23 Mar 2012 7:03pm

Baldwin VW from Bejuma, Venezuela

Impressive depth, beautiful image !!!! I like how light makes stand out the wires ..

23 Mar 2012 8:06pm

RBL from Oxford, United States

Fantastic view and a captivating ride above the landscape!

23 Mar 2012 8:39pm

Loner from Wörgl, Austria

A very nice shot at the right moment !

23 Mar 2012 9:21pm

Laurent from not far from Lyon, France

What an impressive view

23 Mar 2012 9:53pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States


23 Mar 2012 11:57pm

Anina Botes from Auckland, New Zealand

My goodness! You have captured the light on the cables superbly! Well done

24 Mar 2012 9:09am

StarCosmosBleu from Bedford.Qc, Canada

That must be an awesome of a ride...such lovely scenery...lovely shot...

24 Mar 2012 1:54pm

Jane from SomeWhere, Canada

Just awesome!

25 Mar 2012 3:33am

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Really breathtaking shot!

25 Mar 2012 11:24pm

Thierry Masson from orly, France

beautiful light

26 Mar 2012 3:05pm

1/60 second
ISO 400
42 mm (35mm equiv.)