January 24th the dynamic desert duo (that’s Joe and I;-) headed out to Anza Borrego once more. We both participate in this year’s photo contest held by the Anza Borrego Foundation, and dropped off our submissions at their store. There, I also – and finally – picked up a map of the region. Boy, that was long overdue. And I love it already. :)
We didn’t really have any big hiking plans for the day, but looking at the mostly overcast skies, we decided to visit Fonts Point once more – that’s the magnificent overlook of Borrego Badlands, and one of the most picturesque areas of Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
In the absence of harsh sunlight, the mud hills show all their beautiful shapes and wrinkles and colors. I’ve since learned (from Diana Lindsay’s wonderful book “Anza Borrego A-Z”) that the different colors come from Iron deposits in the clay: “the pink, red and yellow rocks were oxidized while the green ones were reduced and have sulfur mixed into them.”
What still surprises me is how different the photos come out every time. You’d think overcast skies are overcast skies, and photos from different days should look the same with regards to color tones, warmth etc. – but they’re not. Yes, the photos are of course developed for more punch (mostly optimizing contrast and adjusting the color balance, which makes the colors pop more or less), but that doesn’t entirely explain the differences. Anyway. :)
Driving back out from the point we stopped at some mud hills in Fonts Point Wash that I had noticed before, but never bothered to take a closer look at. We began to wander in, and soon found ourselves right in the middle of more beautiful badland colors and shapes. Absolutely marvelous! I guess it’s possible to start wandering just about anywhere in that area, and within minutes you can find something unique and beautiful.
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