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Taos at dawn | by Ed Yourdon
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Taos at dawn

Toward the end of our week in Taos, everyone assembled in the hotel parking lot in the middle of the night, at the ungodly hour of 5 AM … so we could be driven out to the far side of the Rio Grande River gorge bridge, to await the arrival of dawn over the Sangre de Cristo mountains in the east.

 

No breakfast, no OJ, no coffee, and no talking. We all sat in a silent funk while our van driver drove through the night, depositing us on the western side of the bridge. We had all brought tripods, and we tromped through sagebrush to reach the edge of the gorge (of which you can only see the edge, at the bottom of this photo), whereupon we set our cameras atop the tripods, and waited for the dawn.

 

For what it's worth, this is a 7-image HDR composite, taken at a fairly slow shutter speed…

 

The tallest mountain in the range that you see on the right side of this photo is Wheeler Peak, which is also the tallest mountain in all of New Mexico. It's where the Taos ski activity is based ...

 

Note: I've just discovered that this photo made it onto Flickr's "Explore" list for Sep 14, 2012 -- at #158. www.flickr.com/explore/2012/09/14

 

Note: A large percentage of my "landscape" photos (including the ones in this set) are now copyright-protected, and are not available for downloads and free use. You can view them here in Flickr, but if you would like prints, enlargements, framed copies, and other variations, please visit my SmugMug "Taos" gallery by clicking here.

 

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You can see the general theme of this group of photos on the title page of this Flickr set.

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Taken on August 23, 2012