Border Lands: The Forbidding Beauty Of The US-Mexico Border

Published August 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2018
Published August 8, 2015
Updated January 8, 2018

The 1,954-mile line separating the United States from Mexico runs through some of the most dangerous places in the world. More than a purely geographical marker, it is a space rife with death and destruction: hundreds–if not thousands–of people die each year trying to cross this invisible yet consequential line.

But as the video below shows, it’s not all suffering and chain link fences:

Here, where the Rocky and Sierra Madre mountains clash, and the Sonoran and Chihuahuan deserts collide, vegetation and wildlife from all four regions meet. In an area which for so many represents loss and suffering is a space imbued with incredible amounts of life.

You’ll find mountains spotted with scrubby brush, and intricate, cracked clay tessellations stretching across desiccated riverbeds. Herds of deer graze on tall green grasses that sweep out far across the horizon. Rattlesnakes, long-nosed bats, coues deer, coatis, mountain lions, over 14 species of hummingbirds, and dozens of species of butterflies call this patch of political and topographical chaos home.

Shot entirely in 24 hours in the area surrounding Ramsey Canyon, Border Lands explores the beauty of this forbidding landscape and challenges conventional wisdom on the US-Mexico border.

Explore more of the region in the gallery below:

Sunrise Arizona
Lens Flare
Ramsey Canyon Preserve
Yellow Flowers
Border Lands: The Forbidding Beauty Of The US-Mexico Border
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Thanks to the Rail Oaks Ranch in Sierra Vista, Arizona for serving as a base camp.

Julia Day
Julia Day is a New York based writer and illustrator. She attended Colby College where she studied 17th Century Poetry, Environmental Science, and Philosophy.