Beauty in Rugged Terrain – New Mexico

The above photo was from our California train trip last October through the majestic landscape of New Mexico.  I find this type of topography absolutely breathtaking; and yet, I can’t quite put my finger on why this is so.

It’s rugged, jagged appearance might not be one’s ‘cup of tea’, as it were.  Sometimes we think of smooth, repeated patterns as perhaps more in keeping with what we define as ‘nature’s beauty’.  And yet, there is something so incredibly outstanding in my mind when I see this desert landscape.  What is it? Why do I think this way?  I really don’t know, to be honest.  I think of the Pacific Ocean and its endless clear water and white-capped waves crashing on the shore.  That is such a gorgeous view; Maui, for example, with mountains looming in the distance on one side, while the ocean breezes blow gently on the other.

The New Mexico terrain is a far-cry from that aquatic scene, to be sure.  And yet, I find them both amazingly appealing on the same level.  What do you think? Why is the dry terrain so welcoming at the same time empty and raw.  I would really love to know what you think about this!

  20 comments for “Beauty in Rugged Terrain – New Mexico

  1. July 16, 2016 at 1:19 pm

    It is a great capture. For me, the desert speaks to me in terms of both geology and the millenniums gone by. These rocks have seen so much over the millions of years they’ve kept watch. They are both beautiful and mysterious.

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    • July 16, 2016 at 1:24 pm

      Thank you, John! Oh, what an absolutely wonderful description! That rings so true with me! Thanks!! Cher xo

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  2. July 16, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    Beautiful photo Cher and I find all kind of landscapes amazing, when it is raw nature. Like coming back to nature 🙂

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  3. July 16, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    The rustic colours are really beautiful! Lovely and interesting, Cher. 🙂

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    • July 16, 2016 at 4:33 pm

      I feel the same way, Iris! It’s just a magnificent part of the United States!! Love, Cher xo

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  4. eths
    July 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm

    New Mexico skies are fantastic!

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  5. July 17, 2016 at 2:32 am


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  6. July 19, 2016 at 4:48 am

    It’s the bones of the earth, Cher. And they are beautiful 🙂

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    • July 19, 2016 at 6:51 am

      Oh what a wonderful description, Helen! Thank you!! Cher xo

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      • July 19, 2016 at 2:19 pm

        You’re very welcome, Cher – hope you’re well and loving life xx

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      • July 20, 2016 at 7:14 am

        Right back at you, my dear! Thank you! Cher xo

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  7. July 25, 2016 at 2:06 pm

    It has a stark kind of beauty. Full of beauty stripped to its core. Hugs, Barbara

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    • July 25, 2016 at 7:16 pm

      What a fantastic way to describe it, Barbara! Thank you! Hugs, Cher xo


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