Five Shots: Buttes, Valleys, and Canyons

Do you like space? Jim, Bear, and I crossed the quadripoint in the Southwestern United States, commonly called the Four Corners (Utah, AZ, Colorado, New Mexico). Its vastness is scary at times and the closest I’ll get to the surface of Mars. It is a holy ground, the center of the Universe to several Native American tribes like the Navajo and Hopi and the Ute. Up to Colorado, here are shots showcasing the space and grandeur of the Southwest.

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1. Monument Valley Butte
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2. Dwarfed Telephone Poles
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3. Mexican Hat Vista
4. Switchback to Mexican Hat
5. Focusing on a Solitary Butte
6. Sunrise at Six
7.Β  6:30am
8. Java at Seven
9. Lonely treeΒ talks to a Seamonster
10. A Little Canyon
11. Durango to the Rockies

Which one did you like the best?

Here’s a map of our journey heading North from highway 89 to 160 to 145:

 

44 thoughts on “Five Shots: Buttes, Valleys, and Canyons

  1. All of the photos were spectacular, but the “Solitary Butte” really captures the scale of it – bravo!

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  2. #9. Oh my, what a perfect caption! That’s great.

    Also digging the bleeding colors of #6 and #7. I’m a sucker for sunrise photos.

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    1. πŸ™‚
      I love watching the sun rise from the black to the hint of light and the changing colors of clouds. Thank you, Tom.

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  3. Amazing scenery. I have always wanted to see Monument Valley. Love that lone butte!
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. It was far away and seemed small, but the thing was humungous. Thanks, Pete.

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  4. WOW! Straight out of Hillerman. Thank you, Cindy.

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    1. Hi Don! Thank you. Quite a compliment. πŸ™‚

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  5. Just incredible. Impossible to pick a favorite but #5 and #9 really stood out to me.

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    1. Hi there, Keith. Thank you for the vote. The fog turned the desert valley into a sea. That little crag poked his face out of the water and in all that space, a single tree leaned toward it as if to have a conversation. I’m glad you appreciated the sea story in the desert, too.

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  6. Tom is so right! And yes, great pictures. Always so quality.

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    1. Thank you, Alex. I feel liberated when I visit those plateaus and see those vistas.

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  7. You travel to such beautiful country. I haven’t been there for 50 years, but I still remember chilly morning sunrises and the smell of the heat during the day. I envy your opportunities.

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    1. Alan, you remember correctly. It’s just a drive away. I hope to visit more state parks while I live out here. I have to remind myself of the gorgeous scenery in my backyard. (I have a tendency to plan for a trip on the other side of my world.)

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  8. #4 is good for the absence of scale. I thought that the winding road was one of those wide enough for just one car, but the tiny, tiny car I finally noticed tells the true story!

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    1. Aha! Good eyes. Yes, those were big pickup trucks winding up the road, but they still look like Minis. It’s hard to fathom the spaciousness out here.

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  9. How am I supposed to pick a favourite from these glorious shots? If I must, I go for the perspectives in 5

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    1. Thank you, Derrick. Quite a different location than your beautiful backyard garden and sea, and that’s what makes the photo posts so fun. Sharing one’s own backyard. πŸ™‚

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      1. You’re welcome, Cindy. Best to you.

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  10. Wow!! Love these pictures, really makes me want to go on an adventure sometime soon. Also, your 5 shot series is really cool. Keep em’ coming! https://hardshellblog.com/

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    1. Welcome, Erin. I appreciate your support. The series started out with showcasing an outing with only five shots, but that turned impossible. I am glad you like the photos. Come back, soon. πŸ™‚

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  11. Arizona and New Mexico. I can remember the wonder I experienced going through that country. It was blistering hot and our air conditioner was out so we had bags of ice we held up near our nose to try and keep some semblance of cool in the car. There is a certain majesty in the desert isn’t there? At one stage as a stranger passing through and searching on the radio bands all we could get was Spanish and wondered if by some amazing chance we’d diverted into Mexico? lol Keep sharing your amazing photos.

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  12. Absolutely stunning shots and scenery, I can never choose just one!

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    1. Ahh, you are kind. Thank you, Fraggle.

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  13. Absolutely beautiful. Mexican Hat Vista puts me in mind of Easy Rider and “The Weight” by The Band.

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    1. That is a great assocuation. Free and Easy is right!

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  14. Wow!! Amazing pictures Cindy, as always. But I must say, the 2nd pix caught my attention (Dwarfed Telephone Poles). The Rock formation looks like ancient sculptures, carved into Rocks (like of Egyptian Pharoh’s).
    Beautiful!!!

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  15. I loved all your vistas and will say my favorites are #5 and #7. The conversation between a lonely tree and seamonster was a sweet caption, Cindy.

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    1. Thanks, Robyn. It’s what I saw. A magical scene in the middle of the desert. πŸ™‚

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  16. lol keep back communion your awe-inspiring photos.

    Absolutely arresting shots and scenery, I can never prefer just one!

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  17. My favorite is the Moki Dugway, but I love all the pictures πŸ™‚

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  18. So hard to pick but let’s go Java at 7.

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    1. That shot made me feel like the whole world was my your feet and all day to be a part of it. There was nowhere else I wanted to be.

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  19. Amazing photography!
    I love this!😻

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    1. Welcome, Alice! Thank you very much. πŸ™‚

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  20. I really like the view. Nice photos. I used to expose film. I have since gone digital. I might shoot some medium format of landscapes.

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