A year in New Mexico is not complete without a drive to or hike in the area I and many call O'Keefe Country. There was a reason artist Georgia O'Keefe planted herself on the land around Abiquiu and Ghost Ranch, and photographer Ansel Adams found it compelling. Layers within geological monuments hold their own color palettes and shapes, constantly being altered by environmental and human activity.
There are several images that have become iconic and representational of the area. The first is a sandstone fin. It is one of those "I just needed to photograph this" shots.
In the same category is the broad vista including Chimney Rock. The sheer depth and richness of the colors has tempted many a photographer and painter to venture out and capture it, regardless of day, time, and weather.
I also like the possibilities that increased contrast and filtration provide in a black and white shot.
Still life by nature
Time to explore!
until next Monday,
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It's one of my favorite places in NM and you've captured it beautifully. It never gets old does it? It may be the place that is the most iconically New Mexico of all. The striations in the rock have always captivated me. Usually I favor black and white for the drama and weight but in this case it's a toss-up since the colors are so essential to depicting O'Keefe country.
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