This is New Mexico’s El Malpais, or Badlands. The cliffs on which I’m standing to take this shot are millions of years old, made of sandstone. The valley below is covered in 3000-year old lava flows… now a jagged black rock. It’s an amazing landscape. Below is part of the El Malpais National Monument (US National Park Service). Where I’m standing is managed by the Bureau of Land Management as the El Malpais National Conservation Area.

For a closeup of the surface of the sandstone bluffs, see:

This is from three exposures, shot with a Canon 5DMkII using a Tamron 28-300 VC lens. The shots are combined into this High Dynamic Range final image using Apple’s Aperture and the Photomatix plugin which allows me to custom-manipulate the exposure blending.


el malpais, new mexico, nm, badlands, lava, volcanic, sandstone, landscape, southwestern, western, old west, us, blm, national parks, hdr

I’m a Miami, Florida-based photographer. I and my camera try to get out as often as possible. These images are the result. I hope you enjoy them as much as I do.

If you like my images enough to buy them, please know that the income goes back into the art. Thanks for visiting!

View Full Profile


  • Vicki Pelham
    Vicki Pelhamalmost 3 years ago

    Lovely! I really love this area, very interesting and wonderful exploring to be done here!

  • Yes- it’s an amazing part of New Mexico!

    – njordphoto

  • Bootiewootsy
    Bootiewootsyalmost 3 years ago

    Beautiful capture…

  • Thanks!

    – njordphoto

  • Shulie1
    Shulie1almost 3 years ago

    Incredible view – love the distant blue mountains

desktop tablet-landscape content-width tablet-portrait workstream-4-across phone-landscape phone-portrait