Andrade Canyon (6 photos)

I’ve finally found the muse and right mood to have another look at the photos I made during the unexpectedly adventurous (and enjoyable) January hike in the Coyote Mountains Wilderness area of southern Anza Borrego. I’ve already posted “Temps Mort” from Andrade Canyon as my photo of the month for January, as well as some black & white images from the Domelands area – but the images from the canyons down in the badlands required more time.

The dry creek/wash through the mud hills of Carrizo Badlands that eventually turns into the wider slot canyon in the first four images, with its many obstacles from rock falls and really high, towering walls is nothing but impressive, and a little bit frightening. The sheer masses of rocks that came tumbling down from the canyon walls, and especially the “wedge” made us realize how tiny and fragile we are in this raw and beautiful, but also forbidding landscape.

I’m very happy with the appearance, mood and composition of these six images. Once more, I’ve employed a “blue filter” effect to render the brown/orange sandstone very dark. (I’ve previously used this style for “Brittlebush & Slot Canyon“, my winning image in the ABF’s 2014 photo contest, and for the Algodones Dunes portfolio).

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