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Closing the window

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As the post two days ago showed, after stopping at a bunch of scenic places on October 14th we finally arrived at the natural stone arch called La Ventana, which means ‘the window’ in Spanish. Though tired out from hours and hours of driving, hiking, and photographing, after “closing the window” I still made some more stops on the 90-mile trip back to Albuquerque.



The first three pictures are from along New Mexico Highway 117.



The last two show mesas at around mile marker 122 on Interstate 40.



I made a single stop and aimed in opposite directions.



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Written by Steve Schwartzman

November 16, 2022 at 4:35 AM

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  1. Really special landscapes, Steve.


    November 16, 2022 at 5:17 AM

  2. The first photo brought the Sphinx to mind, but I was most intrigued by the last two photos showing the mesas. The change in orientation, and what I presume would have been a corresponding change in light, made for an interesting contrast.


    November 16, 2022 at 7:59 AM

    • Ah, the Sphinx comes to New Mexico; why not? As for the concluding pair, I was fortunate nature didn’t fill two mesas with one stone.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2022 at 11:05 AM

  3. Beautiful geological formations!

    Eliza Waters

    November 16, 2022 at 10:47 AM

  4. Lovely stone-scapes. Erosion has created such wildly varied shapes

    Robert Parker

    November 16, 2022 at 1:27 PM

    • It sure has. Those shapes are among the things that attract me so much to the southwestern part of the country.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 16, 2022 at 1:40 PM

  5. I can see why you had to make stops! Very interesting rock formations. I like the mesa photo the best.

    Alessandra Chaves

    November 17, 2022 at 8:25 AM

    • I could have stopped at even more places, but eventually we had to get back to Albuquerque. I could easily live in an area with rock formations like these.

      Steve Schwartzman

      November 17, 2022 at 8:31 AM

  6. I think I must go there sometime!!!


    November 18, 2022 at 9:57 AM

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