This photo was taken through the clerestory window from NewMexiKen’s living room this morning (8:25 AM). The morning and evening light always show the Sandias at their best, though this photo was taken a few minutes too late. In the mornings, with the sun at the right angle, you can see the Tram cables, the lower part of which are visible here.
Sandia means watermelon in Spanish. Some historians, overthinking the obvious, wonder if it wasn’t the evening color of the mountains that prompted the name. The mountains to the south are the Manzano (apple). The mountains to the north are the Sangre de Cristo (blood of Christ). Red? You think?