I headed to the northern New Mexico area to escape the FL heat and humidity for a bit. At the elevation of nearly 7000′ Bandelier National Monument was a great first stop. The Juniper campground was about 1/2 full so it was easy to get in. With some shade and sun and water available it was a nice place to stay. Once settled in I took a drive over to one of the nation’s newest preserves, Valles Caldera National Preserve.
It was hot the next day but later in the afternoon some clouds came in so I decided to drive down to the Pueblo and explore it. Sure enough there was a brief rain before I started out so I spent some time in the visitor center and shop. All very interesting. Then I did the hike on the Loop Trail. You have to admire the Natives’ knowledge of the land, and their wise use of the resources available.
Naturally I spent some time taking night images, too. The ambient light from Santa Fe & Albuquerque to the south wasn’t a lot of help, on the other hand it did light some clouds up nicely.