Monument Valley

I have fell behind in reflecting on some of my travels.  I went to Monument Valley over a year ago and it was a photographers paradise.  I traveled with other photographers and we were fortunate to have Navajo guides that could take us to areas that are prohibited with out a native guide.  It is Navajo land and is sacred to them.  It was an experience that all photographs should have at least once.  Every morning, before sunrise, several Navajo guides would pick us up and take us to a location for sunrise.  Stunning!  Of course, they knew just the right spots.  We covered so many areas of Monument Valley that I have no idea how many dusty miles we traveled.  My favorite picture of the entire trip was not a landscape but rather a picture of our guide, Fred.  He was not just a guide. He wanted us to understand his culture.  Fred invited all of us to his home on the last night of the trip.  He grilled kabobs and made fry bread for us.  We sat in Fred's yard under millions of stars and shared our gratitude for this adventure.

View from my room

     The view from my room.


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