New Mexico Adventure

Diablo Canyon

I spent an evening in Diablo Canyon with some beautiful convective virga showers spreading overhead last night. This trip was my first to Diablo Canyon, so learning how the light would change through the sunset was a steep curve. Still, this is one of New Mexico’s countless hidden gems that make living here a completely worthy experience.

The canyon has been the backdrop of many tamalewood movies shot here, most recent examples being Cowboys vs. Aliens and the updated 3:10 to Yuma. I can see why cinematographers love this place after visiting myself, this is the west in all its glory.

Me in shooting mode in the canyon. I used to be super self conscious about no-makeup selfies just after coming out but now, I am who I am.

I had a lot of fun with the landscape. The sheer rock walls and the glimmers of Spring in the canyon made for some fun subjects to shoot. The day started off cloudy with high cirrus overspreading the sky, but as evening approached the cirrus deck’s edge was fast approaching — this was the cue to get into position for the light to start hitting the canyon walls.

The greening up was happening all over. We basically hiked a good distance during the first part of the day as thick cirrus were overspreading the area and there wasn’t that much to take photos of.

As expected, the light dramatically improved towards evening though and the canyon came to life. As nesting birds took flight to go for their evening meals, we were treated to our own show of light as convective virga showers moved overhead with the setting sun illuminating them.

And if the photos weren’t enough, enjoy this little timelapse compilation from yesterday evening. Diablo Canyon is a beautiful place.

By Raychel Sanner

I'm a trans photographer and filmmaker based in New Mexico. I love adventure and travel and exploring my state. I chase down incredible storms and skies. I advocate for good mental health and for my trans siblings.

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