Long-Awaited Shots in Ojito
The Ojito Wilderness has been a bit of a tough nut to crack for me. It’s a fascinating area, trail-less and intricate with plenty of good nooks and crannies to find. But numerous visits over a period of years, while they gave me much pleasure and continuing fascination with the area, had yielded only one decent image.
On a visit to Ojito back in January, I found an area where I could see real potential, full of fascinating fins, pockets and hoodoos of the gold and white Dakota Sandstone. But the place really required good light, and I was unable to hang around for sunset that day. Last week I backpacked in, pitched my tent in a sandstone alcove out of the wind, and headed out with camera and tripod under thickening clouds. The dramatic spotlighting and lurid sunset I was hoping for never materialized, but I love shooting in gloomy conditions, and the storm light offered endless compositional possibilities among the sandstone hummocks. This corner of Ojito certainly has abundant potential for more visits as well; I’ve still only scratched the surface.
The pale rock formations took on a lovely glow as the clouds thickened and night fell:
More to come!