Saturday, August 16, 2014

Malpais-BadlandsThat Are Good!

Lone pine tree at Malpais, NM © Paula Scott Molokai Girl Studio


"You are the truth from foot to brow. Now, what else would you like to know?"   ~Rumi

Malpais means, 'badlands' and here in New Mexico, it is a National Monument Park. They're called the badlands "due to the extremely barren and dramatic volcanic field that covers much of the park's area." (Wikipedia)

Lucky me. I got to go not once, but twice this year! Both trips were completely different. The lava fields out that way are stupefying. No other word for it, I'm afraid. Funny though, on both trips, I did not go to the lava fields and photograph that because that becomes the entire trip for the day and we were trying to pack in as much as we could. And, let's face it. It can be either pretty darned hot traipsing across the lava fields or miserably cold-depending on the time of year. This particular area was quite magical unto itself. So many nooks and crannies and smooth rock like this. The vantage point on the top is pretty amazing too. On a clear day, I'm sure you can see Arizona!

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10 comments:

Gillena Cox said...

nice shadow, its just awesome the way that tree pushes up from the rocks


much love...

Sylvia K said...

Awesome shadow shot, Paula! And such lovely blue, blue skies!! Hope you're enjoying a great weekend!!

leahbeecher.com said...

Love this shot.
The stark background and vivid color.
Your description of the NW badlands was very interesting too.
Cheers,
Leah

leahbeecher.com said...

Love this shot.
The stark background and vivid color.
Your description of the NW badlands was very interesting too.
Cheers,
Leah

Ralph said...

We see rocks of lava as being barren and lifeless. That is until we see a tree sprouting without rhyme or reason upon those rocks and devoid of soil. Nature amazes always!

Kathe W. said...

spectacular image. Thanks for sharing this with us.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Determined tree!

6WS/Shadows/Carpe Diem

Jazzbumpa said...

one determined pine
staking out the first bold claim
for future forest

cheers!
JzB

Leovi said...

The photo is very nice! Excellent, I like where that tree was born!

BLOGitse said...

What a lovely shot!
That tree looks like a king of the hill...

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