This magificent image, posted by Flickr user Richard- in May 2006, was one of the motivations for starting this site. The image quality is superb, and it matches exactly with the view in Google Earth. The image was taken in Eastern New Mexico, and looks southeast across Quay County (foreground) and Curry County (background). The image shows the escarpment known as "The Caprock", a set of cliffs rising about 400 feet from the rugged lowlands in the foreground to the flat plateau in the background. The prominent canyon near the center of the image is Tipton Canyon, source of the Arroyo Saladito, the reddish watercourse which flows toward the lower left part of the image. Be sure to see the high-resolution version of this image to see the details of this dramatic landscape. Also, see the photographer's gallery site, where prints of this image can be purchased.
The next image comes from Cibola County and Socorro County in western New Mexico. The photographer gave this image the very appropriate title "Painted Desert". The image shows the Sierra Lucero mountain range (at right), with Ladrón Peak visible in the upper left. As with the previous image, check the high-resolution version of this image to see more detail.
The final image shows the Pinto Basin in California's Riverside County. This area lies in the eastern part of Joshua Tree National Park. In the foreground are the Pinto Mountains, with numerous arroyos leading into the basin. At the top of the image is Eagle Mountain.
Photos taken: May 24, 2006
Photos by: Richard-