Navajo Dam

Twisted Black & White New Mexico True Landscape Photo

Twisted Black & White New Mexico True Landscape Photo

Thoughts through black & white

The surreal black & white HDR landscape photograph you see above is not at all what the client that sent me out to that location needs to sell the land. However, the twisted tree, the ominous clouds, and the fact the tree wa growing out of solid rock really caught my eye. So I paused for a moment to make a photograph for myself that interested me. I share it with you now to give you a moment of interest to look at it and find something in it that makes you feel. Tell me about it in the comments below.

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Navajo Dam Lake HDR Sunset Landscape Photography New Mexico True

Navajo Dam Lake HDR Sunset Landscape Photography New Mexico True

Always stop to get the sunset at Navajo Dam Lake

I have now been to Navajo Dam more times than any other place in New Mexico for my rural land photography and drone video work, that is an overnight drive away from Albuquerque. In the first 6 months of 2019, I have been there 4 times already! At the end of my most recent trip, due to the land of the property being behind a hill and thus sunset coming earlier to it, I was able to leave the property in time to my surprise with the actual sunset still visible some 10 minutes down the road where you can see a large expanse of Navajo Dam Lake and the marina itself too. A real photographer never passes by a chance to stop and make a photo, so even thought I was tired, and all my photo gear and tripod were well put away, I got my Nikon out and hustled to the road’s edge to make theses New Mexico True photos to share with you.

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Navajo Dam Sunset Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video in New Mexico

Navajo Dam Sunset Rural Land Real Estate Drone Video in New Mexico

Insect serenade while drone flying

On my fourth trip to Navajo Dam New Mexicojust this year, I was treated to both a great sunset for this rural land real estate drone video, but also a chorus of what sounded like marbles being clanked around in a bag! This cicada looking insect was out in mass singing away not caring I needed to concentrate on flying! At least the stuck to hiding on bush and tree branches and were no threat to the drone in the air!

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The Road - San Juan County New Mexico HDR Landscape Photography

The Road - San Juan County New Mexico HDR Landscape Photography

Find this Road in San Juan County New Mexico

On a recent rural land photography shoot in the Navajo Dam area, the road to the property was a beauty for driving: winding and sweeping between mesas with good pavement and sight lines. Even though I was just in my Jeep Renegade Trailhawk, that is designed to shine more offroad than on, it was still a great drive. I made this HDR landscape photo to show that New Mexico indeed has some great driving roads.

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Drone Video San Juan River New Mexico True Aerial Photos

Drone Video San Juan River New Mexico True Aerial Photos

Return to the San Juan River in northern New Mexico

The very green and beautiful San Juan River flows for miles through New Mexico.  This portion of the river is near Navajo Dam, an area I first visited in February.  I only had time for a quick drone flight over the dam area itself, but on this trip I was able to fly over a large stretch of the river!  I was out on another rural land property assignment, but now since I have my own off road capable vehicle (Jeep Renegade Trailhawk), I no longer have to rush back to Albuquerque to return the rental truck to Enterprise so I can stay in places like this with Jessica and the dogs at our leisure!

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Navajo Dam Lake Marina New Mexico Drone Video and Aerial Photos

Navajo Dam Lake Marina New Mexico Drone Video and Aerial Photos

In my second trip to the Navajo Dam Lake area, I was able to fly my drone more over the lake itself and make aerial photos with my DJI Mavic Pro drone as well!  The first time  was only able to fly over the dam, this time I got to fly out over the lake, even very low and fast to the water!  There is a surprisingly large marina at this lake, and not something one would expect to find in a land-locked, desert state that's for sure!  A head's up though, if you are thinking of renting any kind of watercraft, be there early!  Me and Jessica and the dogs were too late (even at 10am!) to get a boat, but that could not stop us from having fun!

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4K Drone Video Navajo Dam New Mexico

4K Drone Video Navajo Dam New Mexico

I was back in Rio Arriba County New Mexico shooting two rural land properties for Hemingway Land which brought me to the Navajo Dam area with Navajo Lake on one side of it and the San Juan River on the other.  Naturally I had my DJI Mavic Pro drone with me, but only had a little time to shoot some flyover video of the dam.

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