Uploaded: September 08, 2008


When monsoon season collides with icy rain.

Took this late yesterday afternoon on the way home from a friend's (Corrina Stoeffl of the NM Photo Club) artist reception in Abiquiu, NM.

I didn't stay at the reception long because I was itching to get out under that stormy sky. You may remember this peak as the famous Cerro Pedernal of Georgia O'Keefe fame. I found an old rutted road up to the highest point in a small Spanish village I happened upon last spring. I've promised myself ever since to go back when the skies are awesome.

I spent almost 1 1/2 hours on top of that high, narrow ridge above that secluded Spanish village I don't even know the name of, until the wind literally blew my tripod over (I caught it though) and blew me off balance! The rains started at that moment so I packed up.

I had been ready to climb that ridge if need be because I've waited for months for conditions to be right for this photo.

Exif: F Number: 22, Exposure Bias Value: 0.00, ExposureTime: 6/10 seconds, Flash: did not fire, compulsory flash mode, ISO: 50, White balance: Auto white balance, FocalLength: 22.00 mm, Model: Canon EOS 5D


Karen Slagle September 08, 2008

You know I think this is a stunning image, shot under less than ideal conditions. Sometimes the worst weather makes for the most awe inspiring images. Way to go Aggie...Sounds like you had fun. #994979

September 08, 2008

You know I love this!! Powerful! And I'm sure worth the trouble :0) #6430161

Aggie Villanueva September 08, 2008

Thankx guys! Just wanted to tell you that my mom liked it so much she ordered a 24X36 giclee on watercolor fine art paper and mounted on 1/2 inch foam. And she's letting me have it! I've never seen my stuff printed that big and I'm as excited as a kid. #6430402

September 08, 2008

That's awesome! I was excited when my mom purchased a 30x40 of the one of her on the horse on canvas even! I'm sure it's the first thing you notice when you walk into her little adobe house, but she was proud. You ought to let us see a pic of it on your wall when you get it framed :) #6431126

ROLAN NARMAN September 08, 2008

Very powerful and nicely composed scenery Aggie! Well done! #6431226

Tommy E. Burgess September 08, 2008

Superb capture Aggie! I love the dramatic feel and your composition is impeccable. Excellent!! #6431281

KARU WIJESUNDARA. A.N.P.A.S. September 08, 2008


KARU. #6431409

September 09, 2008


Jean E. Hildebrant September 09, 2008

A dramatic and majestic sky, Aggie! Worth your hard work! #6435456

Aggie Villanueva September 09, 2008

Thank you all so much. You've really encouraged me! #6435492

Jessica Jenney September 20, 2008

What a stunning capture, Aggie! It was worth waiting for! Amazing sky, lighting and earth tones! Magnificent! #6481086

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