Imagine living in a place where there is no industry to contaminate the air. No real traffic, relatively speaking. A place where people were encouraged and preferred to walk and ride a bike or a scooter to get around town.
Nestled in the Sangre de Cristo mountains at 7,000 feet elevation, this place is Santa Fe, New Mexico. Where you can see the stars, planets and constellations at night against the dark black sky and where, during the day, you can see for miles and miles.
The combination of clear skies, clean air and a community with a collective and inherent concern for the environment results in breathtaking and illustrious sunsets and big, powerful skies that literally stop you and make you take note at the utter beauty and constant changing that they evoke. And when you stop and marvel at the majesty of it all, you are forced to reflect. On your day, the week, your life, a situation, someone special, your great love, best friend, peace, unity and other introspective ways.
I am not sure I have ever been so struck and smitten with sunsets (they were beautiful in Mexico, though they didn’t take my breath away) and skies, but living here has reminded me of the beauty in this daily event and renewed my appreciation for celebrating the magnificent, boisterous skies and vivid sunset in reflection and pausing to gaze in affection.
Below are some of the spectacular sunsets and bold, dramatic skies that have literally taken my breath away. Deep colors, subtle hues, bright neons, tender pinks, bright tangerines and baby blues as well as evocative, strong skies that tell a palpable story.
Every day is different. Every day brings something new at which to marvel. Whenever I walk the dogs, I find I am compelled to snap a shot of the beauty in front of me to capture the moment. This makes me stop so I can pause and remember the stunning beauty of the sunset and the big skies, each and every day.
The collection of images below are a few of the daring skies that have hypnotized me. None of the images have been touched or edited in any way and have no filters.