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.