This is part of the Sandia Mountains. In yesterday’s post, I referred to them as being in the picture, and several people said something to me about them. Hence, this post. It is one I have been meaning to do, but if you read here regularly, you realize that meaning to do a post has nothing to do with that actually getting it into the computer.
So why are they called the “Sandia Mountains?” Well, the origin is somewhat interesting. When we were house hunting here, our realtor explained it to us. Although she was wonderful and had my complete trust, I had to look it up to be certain the story was true. It was. Apparently “Sandia” is the Spanish word for “watermelon.” That seems to be a bit of an odd name for a mountain range, unless you have been here at sunset, looking at the mountains. At sunset the mountains turn watermelon pink, and they are quite beautiful. It does not happen every day. A lot of it depends on the clouds or lack of clouds, but the watermelon color does come often, and it is quite a treat.
The top picture was taken at sunset from my back yard. (Sorry for all the house tops. That is where I most commonly am when I see sunrises and sunsets.) It was an incredible sunset, and there was even a rainbow in it for a while. (Not shown.) The picture is definitely worth enlarging.
The following picture was taken during the same sunset as this.
When I see this view of the Sandias, I see all the glittering windows in the city. It reminds me of a story I heard as a child about a boy who longingly looked over the valley at a house with golden windows and wished he could live in such a house. One day he visited, and found that the house did not have golden windows, but was shown a house that did. It was his own. One version of the story is here if you want to read it. I do not know why, but I have always loved that story. I did not really relate to it because I never remember envying anyone else’s house, even as a child. (Even though we were poor!) Whatever the reason, I loved the story, and I still do. And now, since living in this place with enchanted skies, I have illustrations for it. The picture is definitely worth enlarging.