Nested Doorways in Pueblo Bonito
Flowering Cactus Among the Ruins
Courtyards of Pueblo Bonito
|Pueblo Bonito Ancient Ruins|
The ancient ruins of Chaco Culture Historical Park are located in Northwestern New Mexico, southeast of Farmington. The park is immediately adjacent to Bisti Wilderness Area, but access roads to the two areas are quite distant from each other. The park is one of only a limited number of sites in the world which have been designated as a World Heritage Site. Accessibility to the park is good, if you are willing to overlook the highly washboarded condition of the last four miles of gravel road leading into the park. Although there are several separate ruins in the park, the largest of these is called Pueblo Bonito. That is where I spent the majority of my visit to the park.
Nested Doorways in Pueblo Bonito
Egg Factory- Bisti Wilderness
Bisti Wilderness Area is located Southeast of Farmington, New Mexico on land administered by the Bureau of Land Management. It is mostly undeveloped, devoid of trails or footpaths. On the day of my visit, I was lucky that the temperature was relatively mild, despite the partly sunny skies. The area known as the Egg Factory, shown above, represented the farthest extent of my hike into this wilderness. I'm guessing that I hiked somewhere between five and ten miles round trip to find this area.
Since the landscape in this spot seemed to be nearly monochromatic, I decided to process this image as a black and white. I guess time will tell whether or not I will continue that approach.
Sandstone Sculptures- Bisti Wilderness
Hoodoos- Bisti Wilderness
Sunset- Navajo Point
Sunrise- Yavapai Point
Sunrise- Mather Point
On my final morning in the park, I decided to give Mather Point a try. I have not yet decided which, if any, of these images to print for display. Perhaps over time I can decide. Or maybe the opinions of friends will help me decide.
Sunset at Lower Geyser Basin
Although I had been to Yellowstone several times previously, I had never spent the night inside the park before, so my access to early morning and late evening light had been limited by the logistics and size of the park. Therefore, I resolved to camp inside the park during a recent visit. While I normally consider early October to be the prime time for photography there, during my recent visit I planned to sleep in the back of my pickup in an unheated camper shell in the Madison Campground, and I was concerned about my tolerance for cold October nights. Therefore, I decided to make my trip during the last week of August.
Before my trip, I had admired some images by others of steam from geysers and thermal features backlit by the sun. I decided to try to include similar subjects in my photos during this trip.
Clepsydra Geyser near Sunset
Clepsydra Geyser is a predictable subject for sunset images because it erupts almost continuously. All images on this trip were made with a Canon 5D2, typically using a 24-105 L lens.
Grotto Geyser- Upper Geyser Basin
My first full morning in the park, I decided to head to Upper Geyser Basin. The hike to Morning Glory Pool is a little over a mile, via one's choice of either boardwalk or paved walkway.
Morning Glory Pool- Upper Geyser Basin
Lower Yellowstone Falls from North Rim
Another morning, I drove to the Canyon area of the park to photograph the falls. Copious volumes of mist were coming from the base of the lower falls in the cool morning air.
Evening Light and Shadows from Mather Point
Clouds at Sunset
I would wager my usual limit of a nickel that there was some spot on the South Rim that had a better view of these clouds that evening than the spot where I was. But, luck plays a role in a lot of things, landscape photography included. And only being present on one evening does not provide the best of odds at getting a memorable shot. Guess I will have to return another time!
View from Hermit's Rest
Yucca Plant at Hermit's Rest
|Colorado River from South Rim|
Most overlooks on the South Rim do not show much of the Colorado River. However, this view shows the river winding its way into the canyon from one of the points on the East side of the South Rim, perhaps either Navajo Point or Desert View Point.