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Roadside Geology

I made this image on my way to Pagosa Springs. We had three days of soaking in the springs, hiking, and other assorted activities planned, and I was getting into the spirit of the trip by meandering my way to our destination. I was driving up NM 537 which runs from US 550 up to US 64 near Dulce; it passes through the Jicarilla Apache reservation along the way, and is quite a relaxing drive–no traffic.

I was almost to the junction at Hwy 64 when this hillside caught my attention. The colors, and the erosion patterns in the clay are what really made it stand out. The side–lighting accentuated the mini–crevasses which had been carved into the hill by runoff, giving the whole scene this amazing visual texture.

Equipment: Nikon D300, Nikkor 17–35 mm zoom lens, circular polarizer, Bogen tripod

Camera Settings: f11, 1/100th sec., ISO 200

Processing: Contrast, clarity, vibrance, and saturation adjustments in Lightroom, curves adjustments in Photoshop

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