Before lander operated down to the surface of Mars under self propulsion, the HiRise "High Resolution" camera aboard the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter snapped this shop. It shows the parachute above the lander of Curiosity as it drifted down. After the chute was released, under its own power the "sky crane" lander guided the Rover down to the NW corner of Mt. Sharp on the NW edge of Gale Crater.
At this time the rover is facing a S/SE direction.
The hills seen on the current Rear HazCam images is the edge of Gale Crater.