Movie director John Ford's favorite site for filming westerns was Monument Valley. In his "My Darling Clementine" about the Earp brothers was filmed here, even though the real Tombstone, Arizona is hundreds of miles away. One of my Ford favorite's "Stagecoach" starring John Wayne also used it for a backdrop with the stagecoach rolling by.
Today, Monument Valley is protected and managed by the Navajo Nation. The campground is one of the great western spots, highly recommended.
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PaulVDV (18764) 2013-12-14 11:11
When I was a child we had a lot of westerns on TV. So many young people saw these landscapes thinking this was how the western part of the US looked like :)
Only later when more people started to travel intercontinental, the landscapes have been located and we learned the names of national parks. At least of the more visited national parks. Names that US-citizens probably learn at school from childhood.
Monument Valley was an easy name to remember (certainly in comparison to Yosemite for instance) and the landscape is also packed with giant rock monuments.
This landscape has always continued to impress me. Partly because of the high vertical rock walls and partly by their wonderful red colour.
Here you show them under an even blue sky making them even more unearthly.
I find the long uniform horizontal lines at the bottom of the rock pillars and just above the slope very intriguing.
Best regards, Paul
HimalAnda (7722) 2013-12-14 11:22
That's a nice place, with beautiful contrasted colors.
There is a lack of sharpness, but the picture is nice.
imageme (801) 2013-12-14 12:10
Hi Ray, It looks like it is a great campground for family. Wonderful stone sharps with extraordinary colours. The blue sky and the orange stones deliver a great contrast. thank very much
saxo042 (35210) 2013-12-14 23:51
Fantastic rock formations with a strong red colour that is in perfect harmony with the blue sky above. A real "Wild West" scenery!
serp2000 (35094) 2013-12-14 23:59
Now I am writing an article for a local magazine about my trip to Arizona. Yes, "Stagecoach" is just a visit card of the Wild West. Thanks for your short report from the Valley, impressive red cliffs. Is it a scanned photo? I just don't know Sigma SD14.
have a nice weekend!
rasterman (197) 2013-12-15 4:52
Good composition and fantastic color treatment. I love the strong contrast between the warm colors of the stones, and the intense and cold blue of the sky. The result is very interesting. Thanks for sharing.
Noel_Byrne (16281) 2013-12-15 6:45
Such unique landscape, and always beautiful to behold. The stark red against the blue sky is wonderful, and your composition here is excellent, it creates a great sense of depth and height, which I would guess is not overly easy to do here in such an arid place. The cave on the right hand side looks equally fascinating and slightly spooky at the same time. Beautiful shot, the landscape of the US never ceases to amaze me.
All the best
jemaflor (76660) 2013-12-16 7:49
Great landscape with these strange rocks, peasant warm tones, good contrast with the blue sky, tfs.
Silvio1953 (109385) 2013-12-16 12:30
Ciao Ray, where is John Wayne? Great view of fantastic place, wonderful warm colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
ikeharel (47038) 2013-12-21 2:09
Red rocks monuments, well collected and impressive photo, Ray.
Amazing carved shapes by wind and heat through millions of years, stunning nature made sculptures. Point of view well chosen.
Have a nice weekend and a Merry-Christmas.