This is the “Painted Desert” in northwestern Arizona. The geology of this landscape is remarkable, an amazing place to visit. The varied rock layers contain different minerals which create the striking colors. The area, quite large, is well-protected, with the southern part a national parka and the northern part extending into Navajo Nation lands. This is another image that I have edited and re-edited many times. It’s difficult to get the colors – striking and bold while still appearing natural and realistic. When the air is clear and the afternoon sun is strong, the colors of the landscape are truly brilliant.
I don’t often post links here to other photo sites, but I do want to call attention to this remarkable collection of landscape images from the International Landscape of the Year competition.
A collection of top images is posted at The Atlantic. The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition site is here. Copyright © 2020. International Landscape Photographer of the Year.
These are some of the most striking landscape images I have seen. I find notable the near-abstract quality of many of these images, which I think provides an interesting commentary on the direction that contemporary landscape photography is taking.
The above image is by Greg Boratyn. His website is here.