“Monument Valley”

Monument Valley is a Navajo Tribal Park that is one of the most iconic and enduring landmarks of the American “Wild West.”  Red mesas and sandstone towers rise hundreds of feet into the air – some as tall as 1,000 feet.  The dramatic natural and rich red hues dominate the entire region that borders between Arizona and Utah.  The play of sunlight and shadow overwhelms the senses as one experiences the magic of this environment.  Yet, there is a certain peace and tranquility about the landscape that still portrays our Western heritage.  This is very sacred land to the Navajo and their honor and respect for this land deserves acknowledgment.

“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth

are never alone or weary of life.” ~ Rachel Carson


“Monument Valley is the place where 

God put the West.”  ~ John Wayne

 

14 Comments

  1. Impressive scene. The sun’s rays really ad to the monuments.

    • I really appreciate your comments, Tom. I am so glad that you enjoy my photography.

  2. I love this photo as well as the ones of the coyote.
    I just returned from The Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab Canyon in Utah, amazing ,sacred place, so hard to capture in photos but you did it. Rhonda

    • Thank you, Julie. I miss you and Mr. Jerry and hope that you are well.

  3. I can’t tell you how many John Wayne westerns I have watched that have been shot in Monument Valley; it has always been a most beautiful part of our West. The lighting you have captured not only adds to the beauty of this part of our country, but you have also captured the spiritual quality of this most beloved and sacred ground to the Navajo. Beautiful! Judy

    • As usual, your comments are wonderful and a joy to read.

  4. I just took a book out of the library that had tips on taking better photos of national parks, and you seem to follow pretty much all of them. …very similar photos to his. good job!

    • Thank you! I take that as a great compliment.

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