Before movie director John Ford, Arizona's Monument Valley was mostly unknown except to the Navajo Native Americans. Ford's 1939 film Stagecoach, and returning there later to film scenes for The Searchers, Fort Apache, and She Wore a Yellow Ribbon made people aware of the majestic beauty unlike scenery anywhere else.
In Stanley Kubrick's flick 2001: A Space Odyssey the climax with Keir Dulleau traveling through a 'stargate' was from here.
Here are some of the other flicks with scenes shot in Monument Valley:
Once Upon a Time in the West (although shot mostly in Spain and Italy)
Easy Rider - (in the beginning)
Electra Glide in Blue
The Eiger Sanction
National Lampoon's Vacation
Back to the Future III
Thelma & Louise
Forest Gump (where he ends his cross-country run)
Mission Impossible II (Tom Cruise climbing a monolith)
Windtalkers (opening and closing scenes)
And today Monument Valley remains very much like John Ford discovered in 1939. No hotels, restaurants, shops, etc., just Nature's domain.
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npecanhuk (64320) 2014-03-08 11:19
A wonderful place i still want to visit some day!
A very nice and attractive picture with special regards to the slim horizontal format, composition and colors!
TFS - congrats,
bukitgolfb301 (35462) 2014-03-08 18:53
Hi dear Ray, how are you? Sorry for my late reply.
Another great landscape as usual, extremly horizontal cropping is very effcetive to mtach with this sistuation. Outstandingly sharp and clear presentation is marevleous and should be so highly appreciated.
All the best and have a good Sunday! TAKERO
siudzi (33083) 2014-03-08 23:47
Wow! What a fantastic capture of these unique and interesting rock formations. The horizontal format fits simply perfectly to this presentation to give a sense how big are the rocks. Beautifully saturated colors made the view attractive and so eye catching. Well done!
marina7 (8053) 2014-03-09 0:04
that's really the nature's monument, and a very impressive one. Martian colors and landscape, stunning place. Wish I could stroll along the top:))
Noel_Byrne (23326) 2014-03-09 4:54
I hope this doesn't sound offensive.
Meep Meep! Real road runner country :) for me, this is the landscape that fascinated me as child when I s the cartoon, the pillars of rock, the red environment, all of them seemed alien to me back them. Now as a grown up, I can appreciate these places even more, and this must be one of the most iconic of all places. I really like your choice of frame shape here which suits the subject so well.
O an unrelated note, I have a copy of Koyaanasqatei on DVD in the boot of my car. I loaned it to somebody years ago and when they gave it back, it just kind of became part of my boot furniture. I must take it in and watch it again.
Thanks as always
claudeD (32121) 2014-03-10 0:02
very fine picture from Monument Valley which must be an amazing location. Very good composition and fine colors. I like the view very much.Very well done.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
jemaflor (83779) 2014-03-10 0:12
great panorama well presented with these strange and famous rocks, good choice for the panoramic format, nice warm tones and good light capture, tfs.
kato (11630) 2014-03-19 0:15
You're capturing well this landscape by a good panoramic view and excellent tone/clarity, so it's interesting and impressive to see the huge rock with red-brown color. I know thay this place is used by the location of many films, and it is a natural spectacle in Arizona in which it does not get bored whenever I may see.