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New Mexico was the first time I had ever been out west; at least since I was a baby. I took the trip in the late spring of 2012 to catch the annular solar eclipse that took place in May. It was an epic 4 day adventure cram packed with driving, hiking, randomly passing out tired, and viewing epic scenery that I had never seen before. Not to mention, capturing some amazing photographs along the way!

Out west things are different. The trees are different, the ground is different, the mountains are different… it’s hard to explain. You just have to get out there and experience it for yourself. I’m glad I took the 2 days off to go get lost in New Mexico, it was a whirlwind trip that I won’t soon forget.

The company I spent the time with was great as well, two amazing Arkansas Adventurers, John Moore and Brian Emfinger. Each highly respectable photographers in their own right. It was a blast shooting alongside them and the collective knowledge of the group was amazing, we all melded so well.

Hopefully, we’ll be able to take another similar trip in the near future. It’s already been too long since the last, and it’s just been a year!

This shot was captured on one of our random stops at one of the ruins in New Mexico: The Quarai Ruins.

It was a very beautiful structure which has stood the test of time. Amazing the things that are still lasting after years and years.

I focused in on this particular spot of the Adobe which had some interesting cracks and made for a cool photograph. Not to mention, a great wallpaper!

Have any cool stories about New Mexico? I’d love to hear about them in the comments!