Photographing Albuquerque at Night

Here are some places where we have found good night shots of the city.

This is a pedestrian bridge near Jefferson that passes over I-25.
I-25 from the same pedestrian bridge
Many stores are interesting in the dark.
Route 66 neon signs in Nob Hill
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Nob Hill has many people out at night.
From the overlook near Lomas and I-25, behind the Embassy Suites just south of the TriCore parking lot.
City Lights
Sandia Foothills at the start of the La Luz Trail–looking west.
From the volcanoes on the west side of town–looking east
Full moon over the Sandias in black and white


The Birds of Spring, Albuquerque and the Southwest

The more we photograph, the more we take notice of birds. The two hobbies go together so nicely! The featured image is the iconic bird of spring, the red robin.

Ash-throated flycatcher
Ash-throated Flycatcher, Las Cruces
Western Cardinal
Western Cardinal, Benson, Arizona
Starling, Las Cruces
Vermillion Flycatcher
Vermillion Flycatcher, Benson, Arizona, though these come to Albuquerque for a short time in the spring as well near Tingley Beach
Osprey, Truth or Consequences
Bendire's Thrasher
Bendire’s Thrasher, Las Cruces
Cactus Wren (2)
Cactus Wren, Las Cruces
House Sparrow (2)
House sparrow, Albuquerque’s West side
Lesser Goldfinch
Lesser Goldfinch, Benson, Arizona
Mississippi Kite (2)
Mississippi Kite, Bosque near Alameda
Northern Mockingbird
Northern Mockingbird, Las Cruces
Phainopepla, Alameda Open Space

A Park Above, in Rio Rancho, a suburb of Albuquerque

A Park Above is a wonderful new park built to accommodate people of all abilities. It is pretty with mosaic and other art with a butterfly theme. A large park, its attractions are original, safe, and fun. You could go to any Albuquerque park to capture the delight of children in motion, just be sure to have the parents’ approval before you do.

The entrance
Close-up of the mosaic, done by the children of Rio Rancho

Wheelchair-accessible equipment

We cropped this to include only the children we had permission to photograph
Inside and out
Musical shadows–there is an entire area devoted to making music

Very Large Array (VLA), Two Hours Southwest of Albuquerque

The VLA is a radio astronomy observatory 50 miles west of Socorro. It consists of 27 giant radiotelescopic dishes. Altogether they are 2.5 miles in diameter. A single one weighs 230 tons. There are guided and self-guided tours.


We recreated this viewpoint from a photo in New Mexico Magazine. The people around the radio dish provide a scale of the size.
We’ve seen wonderful photos of the array at night, but we’ve never been there at night. This is just a little fun with post-processing.
Ancient and new–probably our favorite photo of the VLA. What are the chances of finding a herd of antelope grazing right in front of the dishes?