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Pre-dawn at Rio Grande River gorge | by Ed Yourdon
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Pre-dawn at Rio Grande River gorge

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 tomped through sagebrush to reach the edge of the gorge (which is about 600 feet deep at this point), whereupon we set our cameras atop the tripods, and waited for the dawn.

 

And here it is … at approx 6:30 AM Mountain Daylight Time.

 

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 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 chose this as my "photo of the day" on Sep 13, 2012.

 

Note: as indicated by Flickr member Bob T, this photo made it to #183 on Flickr's "Explore" list for Sep 13, 2012.

 

www.flickr.com/explore/2012/09/13

 

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