Dreams of Clay

The mud hills of the Carrizo Badlands seen from the Domelands, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, Imperial County, CA.

The mud hills of the Carrizo Badlands seen from the Domelands, Coyote Mountains Wilderness, Imperial County, California. January 2013.

Photo of the month for January 2013. You can buy a print of this photo in my store (opens in a new browser tab/window).

I’ve long been waiting for an opportunity to get a view of these mud hills from above in even light, so my choice for the Photo of the Month for January 2013 was an easy one. The conditions were perfect – an overcast day after a rainy day in the desert made the light flat and even, without any hard contrasts. From above, the mud hills looked almost soft, like a cloth of silk spread out over more ragged structures. Maximizing the contrast brought out these incredible colors, and I am absolutely fascinated by the chaos of lines and shapes in this frame.

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