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.
“…Welcome to my evening
The closing of the day
I could try a million times
Never find a better way
To tell you that I love you
And all the songs I play
Are to thank you for allowing me
Inside this lovely day…” ~~ John Denver
May these images of moon shadows and the dramatic composition of tundra landscape and night sky be a small effort to inspire peace through the storm and the long road of recovery… The tundra is a harsh environment – and, yet, there is life, beauty and survival.
“Most people want to be the sun that brightens up your life,
but I would rather be the moon that shines down on you in your darkest hours.” ~~ Unknown
“If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” ~~ Mother Teresa
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.” ~~ Albert Einstein
“I know nothing with any certainty.
But the sight of the stars makes me dream.” ~~ Vincent van Gogh
“We gazed dreamily at the Milky Way and once in a while caught some shooting stars. Times like those gave me the opportunity to wonder and ask all those very basic questions. That sense of awe for the heavens started there.” ~~ Kalpana Chawla