Mystery Valley is definitely one of my favorite places “to be.” I use the phrase “to be” because the experience is the allowance of being present on sacred land. It is a privilege to witness this magnificent landscape; it is a privilege to experience this tribal reservation land with all of one’s senses.
“Go forth in peace. Be still within yourself. Know that the trail is beautiful.
May the winds be gentle upon your face, and your direction be straight and true as the flight of the eagle.
Walk in beauty and harmony with God and all people.” ~ A Navajo Blessing~
These are images captured in Monument Valley. I followed this horse for quite a while trying to get a portrait that included the landscape. The below image is an attempt at a landscape portrait. I tried to present both as moments in history.
“The earth will not continue to offer its harvest, except with faithful stewardship.
We cannot say we love the land and then take steps to destroy it for use by future generations.” ~ John Paul II
For me, “Canyon X” is magical. I love the colors; I love the texture; I love the designs. There was beauty above me and all around me. I was seemingly embraced by a magical essence – an intricate tapestry – like embroidering on canvas that was bathed in light.
Aspects of black and white photography include tone and texture. These images highlight both as they convey the landscape of Canyon de Chelly and Mystery Valley.
“A great photograph is a full expression of what one feels about what is being photographed in the deepest sense, and is, thereby, a true expression of what one feels about life in its entirety.” ~ Ansel Adams
These photographs in Canyon de Chelly emphasize perspective. When in the canyon, one stands amidst walls of immense height and I was reminded of the words “significant and significance.”
“The mountains, I become a part of it…
The morning mists, the clouds, the gathering waters,
I become a part of it.” ~ Navajo Chant
The canyon walls in Canyon de Chelly have beautiful texture and design. Using a zoom lens, one can capture the beauty of the natural designs in the walls. Southwest images at their best…
Cascading sand gives the impression of ghostly apparitions in “Canyon X.”
As one moves through Monument Valley and Canyon de Chelly, it is not uncommon to see reservation horses wandering in many remote areas. The below image was actually taken from inside our jeep in the middle of the water. Even though the image has many highlights, I still really like the atmosphere this photograph conveys – horses in a remote area all alone seemingly embraced by the canyon walls.
As we were photographing some of the reservation horses in Monument Valley (my featured photograph), one of the horses started to nibble on Bobbie’s ear. Ultimately, the horse placed its chin on her shoulder and looked at the great beyond with Bobbie. I could not resist including a “caption” with this photograph. It is a treasure…