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
“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
The Tundra Communities Trail in Rocky Mountain National Park is over 12,000 feet high – a humbling experience to walk with your camera gear. However, the unusual rock formations (including the Mushroom Rocks above) on the alpine tundra landscape have always reminded me of qualities of character that support resilience, courage and faith. Each time I experience this tundra area, I also experience hope for humanity.
“Optimism is the faith that leads to achievement.
Nothing can be done without hope and confidence.” ~~ Helen Keller
“Just as treasures are uncovered from the earth, so virtue appears from good deeds,
and wisdom appears from a pure and peaceful mind.
To walk safely through the maze of human life, one needs the light of wisdom and the guidance of virtue.” ~~ Buddha
“There are two ways of spreading light: to be the candle or the mirror that reflects it.” ~~ Edith Wharton
“Do all the good you can, for all the people you can, in all the ways you can, as long as you can.” ~~ Hillary Clinton
It was around 35 degrees and very, very windy. However, I really did not feel the cold as I was basking in the glory all around me. Sunrise at an elevation over 14,000 feet is extraordinary. I live in gratitude…
I have used the words of John Denver’s song “Welcome to My Morning” many times with my blog. Again, I am moved to share the knowledge, wisdom and awe of this song:
“Welcome to my morning
Welcome to my day
I’m the one responsible
I made it just this way
To make myself some pictures
See what they might bring
I think I made it perfectly
I wouldn’t change a thing
Welcome to my happiness
You know it makes me smile
And it pleases me to have you here
For just a little while
While we open up the spaces
Try to break some chains
And if the truth is told
They will never come again…”