Malpais Palisade


Aluminum photographs have finished sides for a polished and stunning look, and are ready to hang. Each one glistens with an inner light and will look incredible.

Matted photographs utilize metallic paper, providing vibrant colors with incredible depth. Each comes with double mats and is ready for framing.

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The sky was calm that evening, perfectly flat and grey from horizon to horizon, as far as the eye could see. And since I was standing on top of the sandstone bluffs, far above the valley floor, at El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico, I could see quite some ways. The sun made its afternoon journey, unseen, above the featureless sky.

But the clouds, I knew, had a mind of their own and they were drifting to the east, probably because they wanted to be nowhere close when the sun decided to set and they were in the way. Wisely, they began quickly scurrying to the east, somewhat breaking up in their haste to get away.

The sun was indeed perturbed when it began its final descent, and let everyone in sight know it. It sent out tendrils of fiery pink and purple, with a heart of oranges and yellows immediately around the sun itself. The clouds reflected all the colors, mirroring the sun’s displeasure far and wide, glowing with a light all their own. The red rock of the bluffs stood fast, a palisade from the clash of clouds and sun, protecting me. And in the process, providing this glimpse into an extraordinary southwest sunset.

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