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New Mexico & Arizona Highlights 2014

photoventuresEarly December saw me travelling to the USA for the second time in 2014. The primary purpose of the visit was photograph White Sands National Monument and Bosque del Apache. However, as has been the case on past visits we spent the first  three days travelling along Route 66 between Albuquerque (New Mexico) and Holbrook (Arizona). The trip was organised by Roger Reynolds at who has travelled to these locations on many previous occasions and knows the area very well. The route map as recorded on my trusty Garmin eTrex Vista GPS device is shown below.

The weather conditions varied quite a bit, which made some of the locations a lot more photogenic than was the case when I made a similar trip in late December 2010. This was especially the case when we visited the Petrified Forest National Park near Holbrook. It had been raining heavily just prior to our arrival.

Kachina Point, Painted Desert

Kachina Point, Painted Desert

After the Rain, The Tepees, Petrified Forest National Park

From Holbrook we travelled across to Bosque del Apache. Along the way we stopped to photograph the Very Large Array near Socorro. Again, it had been raining just prior to our arrival.

Truck in the Rain, Plains of San Augustin

Radio Telescope, Very Large Array, Plains of San Augustin

We spent four very productive days at Bosque del Apache. As always there were plenty of Sandhill Cranes and Snow Geese, but two my favourite photographs from this part of the trip are shown below.

Red-tailed Hawk, Bosque del Apache

Sandhill Cranes and Moon, Bosque del Apache

More photographs from the trip can be seen the gallery.

All photos were taken on Canon EOS 5D MkIII or Canon EOS 7D MkII. Post processing was carried out in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop CC 2014.

Day 1 – Arizona and New Mexico Photo Shoot

This is my first full day of a photo shoot in USA.  The shoot is primarily focused on Bosque del Apache and White Sands National Monument in New Mexico. However, since our flight brought us into Albuquerque we began by taking in some of the sights along the historic Route 66 through to Holbrook, Arizona. Yeh, it’s a bit of a detour, but opportunities like this only come once in a while. Anyway, over the next two weeks I hope to post a few images from each days photography.

Route 66 runs through Albuquerque’s Central Avenue and is lined with the bright neon lights of  “motel row”. One of the most interesting of which is the Aztec Motel.

Aztec Motel, Albuquerque

In the 1990’s Phyllis Evans, a longtime resident of the motel, began decorating her room and then the entire property with tiles, crosses, paintings and other objects. The eccentric artwork still remains.

Eccentric Artwork, Aztec Motel, Albuquerque

One of the most interesting locations along the road between Albuquerque and our overnight stop in Gallup was at the Laguna Pueblo. This shot of the old Mission in Laguna is one of my favourites from the day. It’s a fairly tight site and the angle chosen for the shot meant that I had to use the new perspective controls in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3.

The Mission, Laguna Pueblo, New Mexico

Many of the old gas stations, trading posts and motels found along Route 66 now lie derelict or have alternative uses. In a way this makes them a bit more interesting photographically, even though it’s not possible to convey their history. For example, the Budville Trading Post has been a landmark along Route 66 since the mid 1930’s, but it was for events in 1967 that it is most well known.

Budville Trading Post, Route 66, New Mexico