Snowy Stacks

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The drive home this evening was beautiful, until it began snowing like crazy between Hatch and Deming. Nothing like cruising 50 mph on the highway, let me tell you.

Still, the snowy conditions meant for some cool light, especially near Hurley:

Snowy Stacks

Stacked Lightning

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Stacked Lightning
Hurley

I know there are people out there who are saddened that Phelps Dodge will bring down the smokestacks at the Hurley smelter next year. From a photographer’s perspective, I can promise I’ll miss them.

I basically left the shutter open, and caught multiple bolts flashing down upon the area. The above photo was taken near Pinos Altos, as was the one below:

Arenas Valleyt Lightning
Arenas Valley

When the lightning began to slacken, I packed it up, but was greeted by more bolts as I arrived back in Silver City. I headed to Ursa Minor, where the show resumed, again toward the south and Deming:

Silver City Lightning
Silver City

Just for those of you outside of New Mexico who don’t believe the weather we’ve been having. As always, click the images for larger versions.