The landscape of Monument Valley, straddling the state line between Arizona and Utah, is spectacular at any time of day. But at sunrise it’s simply magical.
In the predawn – from left to right: East Mitten, West Mitten and (my favourite, for obvious reasons) Merrick Butte
Mitchell Mesa in the foreground, with Elephant Butte, Camel Butte and Spearhead Mesa in the distance
Waiting for the dawn
First sign of the Sun
The tension builds
Sunlight starting to creep across Sentinel Mesa
The Big Reveal!
What a magical moment
What you don’t get told is how cold the desert is before the Sun comes up in November!
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This week’s post was inspired by the themes Colour of Your Choice (Red, in my case) from Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge, Red from Debbie’s Travel With Intent, Valley from Patrick of Pix to Words, and Crepuscular from Paula of Lost in Translation.
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This is my road trip goals!
I’d love to go back again one day, Sarah!
I almost posted some red rocks for my challenge. I’m glad you did, it is so beautiful 😀
Monument Valley is stunning. Have you ever been?
Beautiful photos, Jaspa. 😍
Red rocks were a great idea. I love them and am so pleased to see these. It is many, many years since I saw Monument Valley and i loved it then. I’ll have to return one day with my camera!
Rich had a good play with his camera the night before we witnessed this sunrise, taking exposures of the stars over the valley.
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Amazing captures! I need to travel and see these places!
Thanks Robert. It’s well worth the trip!
There are so many spectacular places in the American Southwest, and this one ranks highly among them in my books. That viewpoint overlooking the three buttes has to be among the most inspiring places I’ve been. Thanks for the the memory nudge. =)
You’re welcome, Patrick. I’ve got a lot of unfinished business in the American Southwest.
Yes. Just the national parks, monuments and preservation zones in Utah alone are worthy of a year long exploration. Fascinating landscape.
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Kindly excuse me while I search on the floor for my displaced jaw 🙂