Sand Storm at White Sands

Last week we spent couple evenings at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. The first evening started relatively come, with mild wind blowing from the south west. We went on a big loop hike, but as sun was getting closer to the ground wind started to pick up and visibility started to deteriorate and we were having hard time seeing the markers, so we turned around and went back to the base area to wait for the sunset. 

Closer to the sunset the wind was probably around 30-40 mph and you could hardly see around, as it was blowing all that sand right in your face and we were pretty much in the big white cloud of dust. I had my big camera in the backpack, the smaller hanging over my neck and my phone camera in my pocket. I was hoping to take some shots with big camera on the tripod and even pulled it out at one moment but quickly stored it back, the sand blowing was just too intense for it and I didn’t want to risk it. So that evening I took a few photos with a smaller camera that was already out in the open and with my phone, which thankfully has only couple small openings and can’t collect dust on the sensor or the lens.

It was the night before the “Blood Moon” and it was pretty much full, it showed up on the horizon at the same time as sun was setting on the opposite side. I took this shot with my phone. Check out the video as well.

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As we were waiting for the sunset it was good time to immortalize one the nature great powers – the wind. At the end check out my awesome karate moves, my wife was impressed!

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Friday Mystery Photo

I have been on the Spring break this week and find it hard to post anything, seems like have no time for anything computer related, I guess it is a good thing.

A few days ago we witnessed this fantastic sunset and I think it is a good time to share this photo, since we are right around Easter. The cross you see on the top of the mountain has the statue of the Jesus Christ, 29-foot high. This Sunday some people will be climbing up there for pilgrimage, and it is recommended to not do this alone, but in larger groups of people, do you know why?

Also, with this photo I’m going to claim two new states on my list. Pretty nice. So many clues.

So what is the name of the mountain and who created that statue?

Mount Cristo Rey

Weekend update: Looks like no one have seen this same view as no one even suggested where it is.

The 29-foot statue of Christ by Spanish sculptor Urbici Soler is standing atop an 800-foot peak. If you want to see the same view you’ll need to find yourself on the Scenic Drive in El Paso Texas, and look west during sunset. Mount Cristo Rey is located in the New Mexico, on the border with Texas and Mexico, near Juarez, one of the most dangerous cities in Mexico due to some drug cartel activities.

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MLK Cherry Blossoms

Another photo with Cherry Blossoms around Tidal Basin. Have a good day!

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DC Cherry Blossoms

I took this on Wednesday morning at Tidal Basin in Washington DC. If you happen to be in DC this weekend then you’ll see it in full bloom. It is probably going to be very crowded, but pretty with all those pink flowers.

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Friday Mystery Photo

Spring is finally coming around with everything getting into some nice full bloom. Couple days ago I managed to stop by the Tidal Basin in Washington DC during sunrise and take a few photos. Cherry Blossoms were not in its full awesome “blossomnes” (that seems to be not the right spelling) yet, just a few days short. I won’t be able to see them this year during the peak time, but some photos I have are nice too and I’ll try to share them over weekend or next week.

Since there would be no mystery in posting those photos, I’m pulling something out from archive, maybe not as obvious to all. The mystery here is not only the mountain that you see in the background, but from where it was taken. Can you name both of them? btw, that guys there on a rocky cliff is not me, it is not a selfy…

Weekend update: To all who said that this is Mt Rainier – you are right. It is Mt Rainier, as it was seen from the Mt Si. I hiked there one evening to take some sunset photos and really didn’t know what to expect and what I’d see from the top of it. I thought that I’d see in far west Seattle skyscrapers, and maybe on a super clear day you can see them, but it was hazy and cloudy and you could see nothing interesting to the west, except setting sun. To the south you could see this lovely view.

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Bethesda Art

I posted a version of this photo via Twitter last night (see on the right), and then decided to take the high resolution copy of the photo and post it as well. Kind of cool street art there in Bethesda MD.

There is another mural couple blocks from this spot, I’ll try to take a photo of it as well, I like street art like this.

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Pirates of the 21st Century

All they are missing are some cannons and a few AK47, otherwise probably have enough speed to take on that big tanker. Fortunately it is all happening in nice and safe waters of Mediterranean and not off the Somalia coast.

We had lunch at nice restaurant, seating right at the edge of the cliff, above nice lagoon with people sunbathing and swimming, observing tourist boats going in and from the little harbor. Good times!

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