In 2013, when I was living in Alamogordo, New Mexico, it was like magic to witness how the Sacramento Mountains - so close! - could appear and disappear depending on clouds, rain, or dust conditions.
In March 2013, I published the post below. But I added the second video only a few days ago, as it had been lost somewhere in my archives. Both show me driving east on Indian Wells in Alamogordo - once on a clear day, and another time on a day during a dust-wind storm.
ALAMOGORDO: THE DISAPPEARING MOUNTAINS
I live perhaps half a mile - maybe less! I will clock it - from a front line of the Sacramento Mountains.
My apartment is oriented north-south, and I'm near the easternmost edge of town, and whether I look out my front window or back window, I see the mountains right there, so very close.
|Alamogordo, New Mexico, 2013|
The constancy of their presence is pleasing. I like to see how a day's changing light creates shadows on the mountain planes, shifting colors and depths in interesting ways.
Some days the mountains disappear.
The other day, I took the video below going east on Indian Wells to show how a dust-wind can completely obscure the Sacramento Mountains. You're looking right at the mountains in this video - but you can't see them, not til about 1:24.
Below is a video of the exact same route on a clear day. Mountains!