Landscape and Panoramic Photography

Posts tagged “Desert

Cerro Bonanza, NM

While driving from Santa Fe to Albuquerque, I stopped to photograph the shifting evening light on passing clouds and Cerro Bonanza.

CerroBonanza_BW_Panorama_March2019.jpgCerro Bonanza and Evening Clouds, near Santa Fe, NM (16″x54″)

 

 

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Looking North from Sun Mountain, Santa Fe, NM

The shapes of the clouds appeared to mimic the shapes of the foothills outside Santa Fe, New Mexico.

SantaFeClouds_BaldyPeak_Panorama_Spring2019Clouds over Baldy Peak and SF National Forest, near Santa Fe, NM (16″x54″)

 

 


Spring Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest

Late winter/early spring winds blow tumbleweeds against a fence as clouds pass over the Santa Fe National Forest near Route 16 and Peña Blanca, NM.

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Clouds over Santa Fe National Forest, near Peña Blanca, NM (16″x47″)

 


Tree in Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Erosion has washed away the rocks and soil under the ponderosa pine hanging onto the rock walls in the main slot canyon at Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument. One of my favorite trees in the world to photograph.

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Tree in Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (18″x12″)

 


Spring Rain Clouds over Slot Canyon at Tent Rocks National Monument

Spring clouds over a slot canyon composed of eroded layers of volcanic rock and ash from ancient pyroclastic flows in Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM.

 

TentRocks_SkyWall_BW_March2019Spring Clouds over Slot Canyon, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument, NM (12″x18″)

 


Spring Rain Clouds over Sandia Mountains

Rain clouds pass over the Sandia Mountains and Cibola National Forest at sunset outside Albuquerque, New Mexico.

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Spring Rain Clouds and Sandias at Sunset, outside Albuquerque, NM (10″x16″)


Monsoon Clouds 2017, NM

Last July, I had the pleasure of seeing this spectacular thunderstorm roll over the Sandia Mountains  while I was back in New Mexico for a conference. I pulled off NM SR556 to shoot a few single frame photographs and panoramas of the passing rainstorm as it dumped precipitation on Placitas.

MonsoonClouds_Sandias_2017_Panorama1_ColorMonsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, Pano #1, Color), outside Albuquerque, NM (16″x65″)

 

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Monsoon Clouds over Sandias (2017, SF #1, B&W), outside Albuquerque, NM (12″x18″)

 

 


Evening Shadows near Sheepshead

As we were hiking back to the car from Sheepshead, I stopped to take a few panoramas of the setting sun casting shadows across the grass and cliffs. Early morning and late afternoon are my favorite times of day in Cochise Stronghold because the grass turns a golden brown.

LastLookBackattheCliffsCochiseStrongholdLast Look back at the Cliffs, Cochise Stronghold, AZ (16″x70″)

SettingSunandCliffsCochiseStrongholdSetting Sun and Cliffs, Cochise Stronghold, AZ (13″x60″)


Shadow in the Grass

After climbing a multi-pitch route in Cochise Stronghold, we hiked back to the truck at sunset. I stopped to photograph the scrub oak trees cast long shadows across the high desert grasses.

OakTreeShadowinGrassCochiseStrongholdOak Tree Shadow in Grass, Cochise Stronghold, AZ (13″x44″)


Top of Sheepshead

After topping out on Sheepshead, we took a few minutes to eat a snack and snap a few photographs before walking off the back of the cliff and climbing more on the northwest face. Afternoon light contrasted with shadows and outlines of scraggly trees eking out an existence on the harsh clifftop. The air was surprisingly clear. Rows of mountains disappeared over the southern Arizona horizon.

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Pothole, Tree, Shadow on Sheepshead, Cochise Stronghold, southern AZ (12″x18″)

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Boulder, Tree, Shadow on Sheepshead, Cochise Stronghold, southern AZ (12″x18″)