The featured photograph above is me on top of Hunt’s Mesa in Monument Valley for sunrise. A special “thank you” to Frank Comisar from Scenic Aperture for taking this photograph of me — doing what I love and being on sacred land!
Below is my special group of photography friends…Bobbie Baird and Ken Fox…with our leader Frank Comisar. We are quite the group who love the quest of adventure through photography. I am blessed to know these special people and privileged to call them friends. I treasure our photo excursions together that are filled with much laughter, banter, love of the land and learning.
Enjoy my posts from our latest photography excursion to Hunt’s Mesa (an overnight camping trip) and Mystery Valley in Monument Valley, Valley of the Gods in Mexican Hat, a re-visit to the slot canyons and Horseshoe Bend in Arizona and then another overnight camping trip to White Pocket in Utah. My next blog posts will also include photographs from this trip. Again, enjoy!
Ok, I will admit that I it was “peer pressure” from my group of photo friends that convinced me to do this overnight excursion to Hunt’s Mesa. It was a two hour 4-wheel drive by our Navajo Indian guide into the back country that did have me holding my rosary beads. We camped overnight and had both an opportunity to photograph sunset and sunrise on top of the mesa overlooking Monument Valley. Obviously, this was a good experience with peer pressure.
White Pocket, in Utah, is a beautiful geological area.
“…When exploring White Pocket you’ll encounter a broad bed of white stone arranged in geodesic hexagons, pentagons and squares. The area has been described as a giant turtle shell, a village of igloos, a petrified cloud, and biscuits in a Dutch oven — those descriptions are all accurate metaphors. The various shades of red, orange and pink rocks are due to the oxidation of hematite within the sandstone while the minerals, limonite and goethite, produced the yellows and browns.” ~ Steven Law
We did any overnight excursion at White Pocket – camped in tents and photographed sunset, the Milky Way and sunrise. To get to the location it was another two hour four-wheel drive by juniper trees, up and down sandy hills, and between ancient sandstone monoliths. All I can say is … Wow! This was quite the experience into a magical, unique landscape. I have never witnessed anything like this visual in my lifetime.
Here is an” intimate look” at White Pocket
photographed with my macro lens.
Notice the texture, patterns, striations, colors
and somewhat fragile appearance.
These images were also photographed at White Pocket. We called the tree above “Veronika’s Bonsai Tree” as I was captivated by its shape, form and the surrounding texture of the landscape. These photographs show the different perspective of changing one’s position, view and returning to an area during a different time of day. Although the tree in the Milky Way photograph is different, it demonstrates the solitude, strength and beauty of trees – even at night.
This is one of my favorite places in Monument Valley. It is on restricted Navajo land and requires a special Navajo guide to get to this pristine area in the back country. Mystery gardens and unique land formations are everywhere on this sacred land. After being here for several hours, one can feel the energy and special blessings of the earth.
Valley of the Gods is located outside Mexican Hat, Utah. One feels a very special peace here. One can see isolated buttes, towering pinnacles and wide open spaces that seem to go on forever.
Our photo excursion included a re-visit to Canyon X in Paige, AZ. These slot canyons are Navajo sandstone created by wind and water over time. In the featured photograph and the photograph above, I used a photographic technique called “focus stacking.” These images were created from a series of approximately “8” exposures – each photograph focused on a different part of the image and then were blended together to make one image. This creates a photograph that has great depth of field both near and far.