This week I’m hosting a superb shot from the De Na Zin Wilderness taken by Ingrid TruemperIn from the Second-Half Travels Blog.
https://www.secondhalftravels.com/In 2016, Ingrid took early retirement from her job as a software engineer at age 43 to pursue her passions for language learning, travel, and photography.
Ingrid loves to combine language learning and travel. Her goal is to learn a new language to at least a conversational level every two years.
Photo Story: De Na Zin Wilderness, New Mexico, USA
This photo serves as a reminder that sometimes the most magical experiences are to be found in your own backyard!
I’m fortunate enough to live in one of the US’s most scenic states, New Mexico, nicknamed the Land of Enchantment.
With a population of only two million, about half the population of Los Angeles, New Mexico is one of the country’s least densely populated states.
Within a short drive, it’s easy to find solitude in spectacular desert or mountain scenery. New Mexico is a photographer’s paradise, and my local camera club often goes out to shoot its scenic wonders.
I joined them to explore the Bisti Badlands, a beautiful but remote area I would not have dared to visit alone without an off-road vehicle and the company of experienced hikers.
The Bisti Badlands cover 4,000 acres of high desert hidden away in the distant northwest corner of New Mexico.
Despite being virtually unknown, this colourful gem offers some of the most unusual scenery in the world.
These badlands are just a small part of a 167-square-kilometre wilderness area that also includes the much larger De-Na-Zin Wilderness.
The Bisti/DeNaa-Zin Wilderness was once the coastal swamp of an inland sea, home to many trees and dinosaurs.
Evidence of this ancient swamp is everywhere. Petrified logs are scattered across the desolate landscape, and large dinosaur fossils are frequently unearthed in the Bisti’s jumbled layers of coal, silt, shale, and sandstone.
Being there is an otherworldly experience, like being on a deserted planet. Around every corner, there are strange formations like hoodoos, arches, balanced rocks, and even the bizarre cluster of egg-shaped stones known as the Hatchery or Egg Factory.
There are no trails or facilities whatsoever, so come prepared with food, water, and a good GPS.
And don’t forget a hat and sunscreen to protect you from the scorching desert sun. While not easy to visit, the Bisti will leave you with indelible memories of its surreal beauty for a lifetime!
The Bisti/De-Na-Zin Wilderness is a 18,000 ha wilderness area located in San Juan County in New Mexico.
De-Na-Zin, from Navajo, translates as “Standing Crane”.
Established in 1984, the Wilderness is a desolate area of steeply eroded badlands.
Time and natural elements have etched a fantasy world of strange rock formations made of interbedded sandstone, shale, mudstone, coal, and silt.
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