Monument Valley is a Navajo Nation National Park, and under their protection they have done a fine job preventing commercialism, leaving the land in its natural state.
Geologically, the area hundreds of millions of years ago was a vast lowland basin. For eons materials eroding from the early rock mountains deposited layer upon layer of sediments, which cemented a slow and gentle uplift generated by ceaseless pressure from below the surface, elevating these horizontal sediment strata quite uniformly one to three miles above sea level. What was once a basin became a plateau.
Natural force of wind, water, and gravity that eroded the land spent the next 50 million years cutting into and peeling away at the surface of the plateau. The simple wearing down of altering layers of soft and hard rock slowly revealed the natural wonders of Monument Valley today.
--- source: www.navajonationparks.org
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HimalAnda (8660) 2014-03-10 0:24
This is a beautiful picutre of the wild west which reminds me many films with John Wayne.
The light and the colors are beautiful.
emka (73797) 2014-03-10 0:44
hello Ray, Like all in my age, I went to see western movies and beeing there I looked for John Wayne and was so happy to see saloon bars. Fantastic place and still it looks wild. Young generation looks for the traces of Star Wars. marvelous shot from Monument Valley. Superb colours.
Warm regrads MAlgo
Kamilutka (8095) 2014-03-10 3:12
this place is truly amazing and one day I would love to see it myself. For now I am grateful for these lovely pictures. Great view and very nice choice of POV. You managed to achieve good DOF in this scene and the sharpness is just perfect.
Very attractive colors and light.
Thanks for sharing
serp2000 (38305) 2014-03-10 5:04
This landscape looks like a continuing of the Malgo's photo from Utah. The same red&blue colors combination, the same rocky castles. Although this landscape reminds me my trip to Jordan Petra.
All the best wishes from Ural,
delpeoples (52731) 2014-03-11 2:02
This is a dream destination for me, so until I make it there myself, will live vicariously through your beautiful photos. I love the colours and textures. And of course the depth and sharpness are stunning. A fantastic post card from this iconic place, congrats.
eldancer1 (25618) 2014-03-11 5:07
Beautiful! Awesome symbol of the American west. I like your pov, by using the nearest rock formations as frame to the distant rocks gives one a better perspective. Good lighting and nice details with wonderful and natural southwest colors. Well done, tfs.
ikeharel (53049) 2014-03-11 5:11
Fabulous red rocks of the famous "Monument-valley", Ray, a land of the Navajo's.
Wild west at its best, impressive and intriguing site for photography.
Nice series about this location, fine clear shot.
mkamionka (29425) 2014-03-13 9:36
beautiful presentation from the Monument Valley. I had the pleasure to visit it in the past your photo encourages to me revisit my old photos. This is such a unique and extraordinary place. Nice framing here on both sides with the rocks. Interesting contrast of the blue and red. Very well done,
fritzi007 (3101) 2014-03-13 12:31
this landscape, I'm a fan of hers, very good documentation!
Wish you a nice weekend
nikkitta (13556) 2014-03-13 16:26
What an impresive landscape and color contrast, like the way you composed the capture, framing the back with rocks
Are the navajos the owners of the place, it seems
Well done, congrats
I am a fan of Ramses II, while visiting the Cairo Museum a gardian told me to stay seating next to the mummy because that day the director and a team of National Geographic will open the sarcophagus (some minutes each year)
I did it, when they finish, stayed talking quietly and made me made signs to approached, doing it I saw his arm and hand not at his sides but upright, cant continue, stayed paralized
Some of the NG team told me that is has been the fault of.. To continue..
janneman (2482) 2014-03-17 10:40
Never boring: pictures of this place!
I like the beautiful contrast of the sky and the rocks.