May 15

Monument Valley

Category: Travel

Cruising through the desert on our way from Arches National Park down towards Flagstaff, we came over the horizon and saw this:

Nearby, actually a little north of this view, is the precariously balanced formation known as “Mexican Hat:”

The sun changes constantly as the clouds drift overhead, making the scenery undulate as shadows crawl across the incredible landscape. Sometimes the rocks are redder than red, the plants greener than green; sometimes everything is covered with a dusty pall that drains all color from view.  Long stretches of desolation can stretch to the horizon at one hand, while at the other, a stunted forest grows:

The monuments have a presence that comes partially from their size, as well as the contrast between the red rock, green plants, blue sky, and white clouds.

I’ll just throw a bunch in here, they need no descriptions.  I took pictures throughout the day as the light changed, all the way until the sun went down.

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  1. Niffer May 26th, 2009 11:44 AM

    Fantastic pictures – I just now noticed them. I love the contrast between the red rock and blue sky. You should go to Sedona during the winter – Red rocks, blue sky, green trees, white snow. It’s gorgeous!

  2. Dan May 26th, 2009 9:19 PM

    I actually was there a few years ago during the winter. I loved it, and will certainly go back.

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