Welcome to the Valles Caldera, one of the most amazing places anywhere. Who knew an exploding volcano could leave such beauty behind after a million years? The sky and walking rain are most prominently featured in this shot. We’ll go in a little closer in the next one to give you a better sense of scale.
I’m still reeling from the impact of this place 24 hours later. The quality of the experience is similar to what I’ve felt in other mostly pristine numinous open spaces in New Mexico, the overwhelming characteristic being a sense of THIS, this, is how it should be, always and everywhere. Shedding tears is not uncommon. You’re in contact with the essence of what it means to be a conscious human being on the planet Earth. It’s like cool pure water for parched souls. A way to understand what “home” is all about, and I don’t mean geographical location.