Monument Valley 1

Monument Valley, Utah, USA, 27th October 2014.

 Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Heading from Arches National Park towards Monument Valley, we stopped off at Indian Hat, where there is a curious balanced rock.  This is an infrared view.

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 Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Suddenly, a truck unexpectedly thundered along the narrow dirt road.  The sign on the side of the cabin says “Monument Resources Rock Products”.  So maybe getting a load of gravel for a road.  This may look like a normal image but actually it’s infrared.  You can get the colours to do all sorts of things.

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 Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Conversely, here is Indian Hat in natural colours.

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 Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Now this one looks more like infrared, also beside Indian Head.  I have been separating out the infrared images in separate posts but there are only a few this time.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Here it is.  Monument Valley.  John Wayne.  Stagecoach.  Navajo land.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The mesas are from Permian era sandstone, originally deposited from sand dunes, eroded away over a long period of time to leave what you see.  The very top of the “monuments” are capped by triassic rocks, which would imply that the rocks between Permian and Triassic times eroded away.  However, it’s not as simple as just erosion because the whole Colorado Plateau was uplifted between 70 million and 40 million years ago, originally from sea level to 5,000 metres above.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The shadows are lengthening.  in this case the shadows of other members of the group.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

And now the light’s getting quite low.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

There was a sun there, but now it’s gone.

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4 comments on “Monument Valley 1

  1. Beautiful. One of these days we’ll get there! Thank you for keeping this on my bucket list!

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks very much Jeni. Preparing the images for the Blog helps remind me how impressive it all was. I’ll have two more posts on Monument valley and two on Antelope Canyon at the rate of one per day, before leaving for Hawaii. Potentially I also may have five posts on the Grand Canyon but they may have to wait till later.

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  2. […] probably won’t have time to look but the posts are Monument Valley 1 and Monument Valley 2.  I’ll also be posting a Monument Valley (Mono) early tomorrow […]

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