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Built along the Santa Fe Trail, on the vast high plains of northeastern New Mexico, Fort Union was the largest Western military post in the 1800’s.

On this afternoon, a massive rain storm was moving across the plains (August monsoons). A segment of Fort Union, its remaining ‘melted adobe’ walls, stands directly in the storm’s path.

Featured: American Southwest, 8/09


  • Barbara Applegate
    Barbara Applegateover 5 years ago

    This is a great shot, OMG the clouds are awesome, they really give the feeling of how lost and alone this place truely is. instant Fav

  • Thanks so much, Barbara. It was a great afternoon watching the storm build from a few scattered white clouds to one that seemed to encompass the entire plains.

    – TWindDancer

  • laureenr
    laureenrover 5 years ago

    Great capture. Love storms and the buil up to them.

  • Thanks, Laureenr, for both the comment and for dropping by.

    – TWindDancer

  • Béla Török
    Béla Törökover 5 years ago

    What a fabulous capture!

  • Thank you, Bela ~~ the afternoon this was taken was a marvelous treat as I got to watch the storm build from seemingly nothing to awe inspiring.

    – TWindDancer

  • Dayonda
    Dayondaover 5 years ago

    This is absolutely beautiful, powerful photography! It needs more showing, however.
    May I suggest a few more Groups for it?
    AS IS, - All About Your Best Work, - Blast from the Past, - Both Sides Now, - Contrasting Perceptions, - Everyday Life, - Freedom to Shine, - History - HUMAN & NATURE, - Mood & Ambience, -
    Moody, Dark, Evocative, - Green, - RURAL AMERICA, - Rustic, - RUSTY, CRUSTY, & FALLING to BITS, - Passionate About Vintage, - Safe Haven, - Seasonal Scapes, just for landscapes, (I think this would be in the Aug or Sept “monsoons”?) - SOUTHWESTERN BEAUTY, - 2-a-Week, friendship Group, everybody is welcome, - The Visual Dictionary, - Visual Texture, - Lightning & Storms, (maybe), — Western US Artists and Photographers. Too bad we Southwesterners haven’t protected this wonderful bit of history, like Arizona’s Casa Grande. So many of our ancestors and long-gone relatives were protected by the soldiers of this Fort, or fought the soldiers of this fort valiently. It really should be something we keep.

  • Many thanks for your generous comments, Dayonda ~ you’ve made my day. I so appreciate your taking the time to suggest and list the additional groups; I’ll certainly check them out.
    I agree about preservation of all our old ruins ~
    the fort had an enormous impact, even before the storm. Alone and crumbling on those vast, grassy plains, a simultaneous statement of courage and vulnerability.

    – TWindDancer

  • Jack Grace
    Jack Graceabout 5 years ago

    Great capture of the ruins, love the foreboding sky.

  • Appreciate your generous comments, Jack. Watching and photographing this storm as it built was a true treat.

    – TWindDancer

  • walela
    walelaover 3 years ago

    I like this.

  • Thank you. Was one of the most energizing afternoons photographing.

    – TWindDancer

  • Rhonda Strickland
    Rhonda Stricklandover 3 years ago

    My fave of of your shots. This is awesome!!

  • Appreciate your extended visit and generous comments. Afternoon I shot this turned out to be an awesome storm.

    – TWindDancer

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