New Mexico by Night

With New Mexico’s pleasant night temperatures and big open skies, why not be out and about capturing the magic? Below you’ll find some of the most creative and stunning captures of New Mexico at night. Thanks to all the wonderful and talented photographers who let us use these photos to show off the darker side of the Land of Enchantment.

Tipi At The Sawtooth Mountains Under The Milky Way by Wayne Suggs.

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“Moonrise Black Mesa” Photo by Steven Bundy Photography

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Taos, NM by RavenMountain.com

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From the ghost town of Guadalupe. We lit the inside with a red LED headlamp.Brian Spencer Photography

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Photo and commentary by patagoniatothenorthpole on Instagram.

Camping out underneath the Milky Way amongst the white gypsum sand dunes. Did you know gypsum stays cool to the touch even in the scorching sun? Every time I go here, it’s magical. This land of enchantment may be the southwest’s greatest secret. See more of his stunning pics here.

Photo by Geraint Smith Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, Taos mountains and the milky way.

“Somewhere on Planet Earth”
#TBT to a trip out to the surreal Bisti Badlands in New Mexico. Various flashlights and colored lamps were used to “paint” the foreground and rock formations. Can’t wait to get back out there once the weather clears up! Photo by Knate Myers.

Single 20 second exposure – ISO 4000 – f/2.8
Nikon D600 + Rokinon 14mm

Photo by Steven Bundy Photography

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Radio Dial. Geminid Meteor, Very Large Array, Socorro County, New Mexico. Photo by Colleen Gino.

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Albuquerque, NM. Photo by Corey  Walker.

Blood Moon Above the Organ Mountains. Photo by Wayne Suggs.

Santa Fe, NM. Photo by Dham Khalsa.

Photo by Brian Spencer.

Photo by ONYXONE’s Vision
© Jose R. Sandoval (ONYXONE)
No Meteors, No Lightning, But Caught The Milky Way Peeking Out From The Clouds.

The blood moon over the Organ Mountains
Photo by Jeremy Ninjew Perlman

“Moonglow”, Los Alamos, NM
Phillip Noll/RavenMountain.com
Raven Mountain Images

Camping under the Milky Way in the Jemez Mountains, NM. Photo by Knate Myers.

Photo by Brian Spencer Photography.

Photo by Donald Shainin Santa Fe Plaza last night after the snowfall.

Photo by Donald Shainin
Santa Fe Plaza last night after the snowfall.

Corralitos Ranch with Milky Way and Two Mountains. Photo by Wayne Suggs.

Photo by John Bozzell
Happy B’ Day Ernie Blake! Fireworks Celebration last night / Taos Ski Valley / Soat Photography

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Lightning strikes the Sandia Mountains. Albuquerque, NM. Photo by Corey Walker.

Photo by Geraint Smith April 4, Lunar Eclipse, Ranchos de Taos, NM

Photo by Steven Bundy Photography.

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Photo by Brian Spencer Photography.

Perseid meteor shower in the mountains of New Mexico with the family. Photo by Wayne Suggs.

“Blue Christmas”, Santa Fe, NM ©Phillip Noll | Raven Mountain Images Phillip & Monica Noll Fine Art Prints | Calendars | Stock

White Sands, NM. Photo by Corey Walker.

Navajo storyteller under stars. Photo by Wayne Suggs.

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 Photo by ONYXONE’s Vision
© Jose R. Sandoval (ONYXONE)

“Sandia Storm Blue Hour”
Rain and storms clouds begin to clear after the sun had set over Albuquerque, NM. Taken up on Sandia Peak during blue hour last Friday night. This is also a single frame that will probably be in my next time-lapse project. Photo Knate Myers.

Tech specs: Nikon D600 + Rokinon 14mm
2 seconds – f/3.5 – ISO 2000

Photo by Doreen Lawrence
The most beautiful and insightful place to visit during Christmas. The Santuario, Chimayo, NM.

Photo by Kyle Hartsock
The Hartsocks’ Photography
Moon from the family patio

Photo by Joy Johnson “Chupacabra outside my tent!”

Floating lanterns by Dham Khalsa.

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Taken somewhere out in the Ojito Wilderness area. Thanks Brian, Alan & Mike for finding this killer location and for a freezing good time! Photo Knate Myers.

Photo by B Spencer Photography
Photographing NM Skies at the Ghost Ranch

Take by Aaron Bosoms Diaz during the UNM 125th anniversary.

“Old Box Car”
Little lonely storm South of Portales, NM
Photo by
Bleedin Iris Photography
By N. Phelps (myself)

Photo by Steven Bundy Photography. About 40 miles north of Taos, right on the Colorado border is the sleepy little village of Costilla. The main commercial enterprise in town is a Alta gas & convenience store that is a great bathroom stop for those heading up into Colorado. Time has not changed Costilla much over the years. Right after one of our bathroom stops on a drive back towards Taos, Chris suggested we drive back in towards the plaza area and see if there was a great street light lit scene. It just so happened that the full moon was also coming up. This building looked to me like it had a surprised face on it. The moon just added a contrasting sense of calm.

Albuquerque, NM. Photo by Corey Walker.

Photo by Knate Myers. I went out attempting to photograph some lighting as a storm rolled through town last night. Strikes didn’t occur very often but when they did, huge veins lit up jumping from cloud to cloud, rarely hitting the ground. The sporadic nature was a bit frustrating as I kept missing the perfect shot! I’ll try again soon In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite lighting photos from about 3 years ago:
“Albuquerque Lightning”
Taken in NE Albuquerque with the city lights in the background.

I went out attempting to photograph some lighting as a storm rolled through town last night. Strikes didn’t occur very often but when they did, huge veins lit up jumping from cloud to cloud, rarely hitting the ground. The sporadic nature was a bit frustrating as I kept missing the perfect shot! I’ll try again soon In the meantime, here’s one of my favorite lighting photos from about 3 years ago:
“Albuquerque Lightning”
Taken in NE Albuquerque with the city lights in the background.

Looking at Cuevas Rock. Photo by Wayne Suggs.

Santa Fe Plaza. Photo by Tobias Roybal.

Photo by Roch Hart “Seeing the Light”
Twelve lightning photos merged into one over a 22 minute time period south of Albuquerque New Mexico.

The International Space Station, a plane, and four planets this morning around 6 AM in Polvadera, New Mexico. Photo by Colleen Gino.

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Photo by Shainin Photography. Juan Tabo Cabin by the foot of the Sandia Mountains.
Taken on 1/2/2015

Santa Fe Railyard. Photo by Dham Khalsa.

Photo by Steven Bundy Photography.

Lightning, some clouds and the Milky Way. One of my favorite long exposures I’ve taken lately. Cochiti Lake, New Mexico. No stacks and no photos tricks. This is a single long exposure: Nikon D600, Samyang 14mm 15 seconds at ISO3200 at F/2.8. Photo by Brian Spencer Photography.

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Snow Spider. Polvadera, New Mexico. Photo by Colleen Gino.

Rio Chama Under The Milky Way. Photo by Wayne Suggs.

Another world comes out at night. Normal landscapes are transformed into surreal scenes. In this photo, heavy amounts of airglow turn the sky green over the VLA in New Mexico. Photo by Knate Myers.

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Snowy night on the Sandia Crest. Photo by Brian Spencer Photography.

Storm Chaser – Carlsbad, NM by Art Chavez.

Photo by Roch Hart Reaching for the Stars  In the high desert of New Mexico at night with the ancients.

Photo by Colleen Gino
2015 was a great year for lightning storms in the Socorro area, and
several of my lightning images were shared by Good Morning America not only on their social media sites ( FB and Twitter), be T on their broadcast show as well. The attached is the most recent one they shared on their TV show, taken in Polvadera in October.

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State Fair. Photo by Brian Spencer Photography.

A little Milky Way peeking through some hoodoos in the Ah‑Shi‑Sle‑Pah Wilderness. Photo by Knate Myers.