Northwest New Mexico is one of my favorite places for photography, and I have been venturing through locations like this one for over twenty years. These locations are like walking through a Star Trek movie set, but those who are exploring the area need to be a bit skilled at off-trail navigation because there are not any trails. I have been using the Gaia GPS phone app lately, and it works very well, even if my phone is in airplane mode.
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Grabbing one of the few backcountry campsites at New Mexico's White Sands National Monument during the night of a full moon had been on my bucket list for a long time, even more so after already being denied once before because of an all-night missile testing event. So when I showed up at the park at 7 AM to get one of the few spots reserved for the night, I was super happy but didn't realize that it was going to be a rough night. If you ever decide to camp out there, here is some useful information: tent stakes will suck in deep sand, especially during a long night of 50 miles per hour wind gusts! I tried to sleep, but my tent flapped powerfully from one side to the other, from the left to the right, from the top to the bottom, over and over again. The park is gated off until sunrise to keep people out, so I packed everything up and was at the gate and ready to leave as soon as possible. If I were to do it again, I'd bring some big rocks or something to weight the corners of the tent down. Something is definitely needed to keep the tent on the ground and ensure a peaceful night of sleep. Since this night, I have also tried to bring a set of earplugs with me on all of my backcountry adventures.
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During the spring of 2005, I made my first visit to Texas's Big Bend National Park during a month-long tour of the Southwest. It was easily the most out-of-place location that I visited during the trip, but it instantly became one of my favorite National Parks to visit during the cooler times of the year. I made my fifth visit during New Years of 2022 after having some bad luck during an attempted visit during the previous holiday season. Thankfully, I have become a bit more familiar with the park and know where some good spots for photography are located. This viewpoint is along a short hike from one of the popular campgrounds, and it features the Rio Grande, which serves as the border between the United States and Mexico. I would really like to canoe down the "lazy river" someday. I wonder what is required to basically travel on the border between two countries. In my opinion, it's a good thing that no sections of the wall were built in the very scenic and beautiful park. The small village of Boquillas, Mexico is very close to where I made this photograph. If my passport wouldn't have expired in 2020, I would have made the crossing to see what it's like on the other side of the river.
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I’m glad that my cousin, @b_radoutside, was patient with me at the Golden Cathedral while I waited around for damn near a day to see how the light would change. It’s one of the coolest places that I’ve visited. •
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One thing that I really liked about visiting the Escalante, Utah area is that there are lots of cool places to bandit-camp. When my cousin and I weren't backpacking, we would just find some remote desert road for camping, and we stayed at this spot twice. There was some nice evening light during the moonrise of our second visit. Surprisingly, this has been my most-liked image of the year on Instagram (@BeauRogersPhoto), so I thought that I'd post it here.
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