Rio Grande River Sunrise 2 - White Rock New Mexico

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Rio Grande Sunrise 2 - White Rock Overlook - White Rock, New Mexico

As the sun rises over the Santa Fe Mountains, the cloud-filled sky is set ablaze with oranges and golds. The Rio Grande river valley is bathed in warm light as Black Mesa and the Taos Mountains become visible.

This was a total labor of love. My wife and I moved to Santa Fe in Feb of 2014. After we got settled in, my wife looked up places to shoot a sunrise near Santa Fe. White Rock was one of those places. The next morning, I drove one hour to get a shot. It was okay, but I knew it could be better. It took me 4 months and 16 more attempts to get the shot you see. It was June 1st. And, the light coloring the bottoms of those clouds only lasted about 10 seconds. I literally only have ONE shot of this.

The Rio Grande (Spanish: Rio Bravo del Norte or Rio Bravo) is a river that flows from southwestern Colorado in the United States to the Gulf of Mexico. Along the way it forms part of the Mexico-United States border. According to the International Boundary and Water Commission, its total length was 1,896 miles in the late 1980s, though course shifts occasionally result in length changes. Depending on how it is measured, the Rio Grande is the fourth or fifth longest river system in North America.
The river serves as a natural border between the U.S. state of Texas and the Mexican states of Chihuahua, Coahuila, Nuevo Leon, and Tamaulipas. A very short stretch of the river serves as the boundary between the U.S. states of Texas and New Mexico. Since the mid 20th century, heavy water consumption of farms and cities along the river has left only 20% of its natural discharge to flow to the Gulf. Near the river's mouth, the heavily irrigated Rio Grande Valley is an important agricultural region. The Rio Grande is one of 19 Great Waters recognized by the America's Great Waters Coalition.
The Rio Grande's watershed covers 182,200 square miles. Many endorheic basins are situated within, or adjacent to, the Rio Grande's basin, and these are sometimes included in the river basin's total area, increasing its size to about 336,000 square miles.South West.

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