For those of you tuning into the "Manhattan" TV series, here's a shot of what Los Alamos really looks like—a high mountain plateau with broad vistas across the Rio Grande Valley to the Sangre de Cristo mountains. (This photo is looking west toward the Jemez Mountains.)
Technically, it is a desert, but it is not the Sahara. Historically, one of the reasons Dr. Robert Oppenheimer and Gen. Leslie Groves chose Los Alamos as the site for the top-secret, World War II laboratory was its inspiring views. Oppie, who had spent many summers in northern New Mexico and loved the landscape, didn't want his scientists to get bored.
This photo is looking west toward the Jemez Mountains.
—Thanks to local photographer Don Taylor for this terrific picture!