Mar 25

New Mexico Travel Diary – Part 1

Traveling to New Mexico for work has its advantages. While I came to Albuquerque for non-photography work, I luckily have the chance to shoot when I’m not doing my regular work related tasks.   I’ll be doing a photo diary as I process the images from this trip, and will post the results for you to enjoy!

Day 1 – Petroglyph National Monument and the Ojito Wilderness

Petroglyph Over Albuquerque - Petroglyph National Monument - Panasonic GX1 with Olympus 12mm f/2

Day 1 I arrived shortly after noon, settled into my hotel and then went out for the rest of the day to shoot.  I started at the somewhat interesting Petroglyph National Monument.  It’s a range of volcanic rock on the outskirts of Albuquerque, where Native Americans had created drawings on the rocks that have since become petrified and permanent additions to the rock.  I stopped at Boca Negra Canyon for my quick visit, which allows you to climb a hill on a tightly winding path that passes many of the petroglyphs.  It’s a very interesting (though short) hike.  Due to the ground color and the featureless sky this day, I knew I wanted to shoot the majority of my photos this day with an eye towards black and white conversion.  The photo on the left shows a petroglyph and a view of Albuquerque below the hill.  I then made my way back to the car and headed to the Ojito Wilderness.

The Ojito Wilderness is an area of rugged terrain about an hour northwest of Albuquerque.  To get back into it, I had to drive several miles over an extremely bumpy dirt road, but the trip was worth it.  Great rock formations, twisted trees and the unique landscape of the area made for some great photographic opportunities.  While I didn’t get to do the exact hike I was hoping to do because of my failure to find the proper trailhead in time for sunset, I still got many good shots.  Take a look below, images can be clicked to enlarge them.

Twisted Tree, Ojito Wilderness, NM - Panasonic GH2 with Olympus 40-150mm f/4-5.6

Hoodoo - Ojito Wilderness, NM - Panasonic GX1 with Olympus 12mm f/2

Rising Mound - Ojito Wilderness, NM - Panasonic GH2 with Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

Wilderness Trench - Ojito Wilderness, NM - Panasonic GH2 with Panasonic 7-14mm f/4

Cactus and Butte, Ojito Wilderness, NM - Panasonic GH2 with Leica 25mm f/1.4


And one in color!

Stretched Tree - Ojito Wilderness, NM - Panasonic GH2 with Panasonic 7-14mm f/4


About the author

Jordan Steele

Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Admiring Light; Photographer; Electrical Engineer and Dad


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  1. Wolfgang Lonien

    What a wild and beautiful country! Thanks for sharing these.

  2. Jordan Steele

    Thanks! I’m always amazed at how different the United States can be from one end to another. Ohio is rolling hills with trees and little glens, the Northeast has old mountains, beautiful forests and waterfalls, the west coast has amazing landscapes with high jutting mountains, redwood forests and such, and the southwest is harsh desert with some amazing geology. California actually rolls most of these all into one. I have to say, coming to New Mexico feels like a different country from Ohio…I almost had to remind myself when in the Old Town that I was still in the States.

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