This is the incredible view we experienced as we approached Chaco Canyon many years ago – Chaco Canyon being the common nickname for the spectacular Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northern New Mexico. The feature on the right is known as Fajada Butte, the feature on the left is known as the Chacra Mesa, and the space between them is known as the Fajada Gap. If this area were not within a federally protected park, it would be largely destroyed, as it is completely surrounded by thousands of fracking operations on all sides.
Photo info: Fajada Butte Chaco Culture National Historical Park Nageezi, New Mexico November 2009 Leica D-LUX 4 digicam
I don’t know how long sunflowers have been planted each spring for mourning doves at the McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area, but I’ve been taking photos of them for at least 20-years now. The specific fields that are planted with sunflowers change from year to year, but there are at least two fields and as many as four. This year there are four fields and the best of them is quite a hike compared to prior years. Last year – during the pandemic lockdown – the sunflower fields were an absolute zoo during the blooming period, with literally many hundreds or even thousands of daily visitors more than normal.
Photo info: Sunflower blooms McKee-Beshers Wildlife Management Area Poolesville, Maryland July 2021 Voigtländer 65/2.0 APO Macro lens Sony a7 III digital camera
We have always enjoyed 4×4 driving wherever the trails lead us, and this time was no exception. Getting up into the Gravelly Range is easy, but the single track trails leading off from the main route get progressively worse, until it begins to look like turning around is necessary or a tow is warranted. On this occasion we parked and walked to this vista, with the added bonus of the picturesque tree in the foreground.
Photo info: Sentinel tree The Gravelly Range Cameron, Montana October 2017 Eastman Double-X 5222 film Zeiss Biogon 21/4.5 ZM lens Leica M3 35mm film camera