I shot the following pictures last weekend on my grand tour through portions of northern New Mexico. Despite the calendar saying May, the temperatures at the elevations the caldera sits at were nearer to freezing (the altitude is over 10,000 feet).
Thus, this was an unexpectedly chilly shoot but I wanted to capture the sunset here for the first time just from the rim after my Plaza Blanca shoot.
My eating habits led me to Blake’s Lotaburger in Espanola and the typical horrifically long wait time ensued, so I was feeling the pinch to get set up as soon as possible on the caldera rim. I took this trip as the first opportunity of many to come to shoot the caldera, which is among the most beautiful places I’ve ever seen.
The simplicity of the caldera landscape is probably what draws me in. It has the flat/open plains I used to live in but the mountains at the edge. So in a way, this place represents the two landscapes that have now helped define me. Count me as excited to come back and shoot this area more in the future.
I am a photographer and filmmaker based in New Mexico. I love adventure and travel and exploring my state. Previously I worked in online media in OKC, winning an Emmy for my work on breaking news.
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