Simon Bisson (sbisson) wrote,
Simon Bisson

Winter Monuments

There are classic views out there, views you'll see again and again on the covers of travel brochures and in travel magazines. You've probably seen them yourself: Wyrms Head from Rhossili, Mount Rainier over the Seattle Skyline, Grand Canyon from Mather Point, the White Cliffs over Dover.

One of those views is the view from US-191 as it climbs away from Monument Valley, heading towards Mexican Hat. We pulled over at the top of the rise, and waited for a gap in the traffic to leap out into the centre of the highway* and take our versions of the iconic image. marypcb had been taking photographs in black-and-white using her pocket camera, and I'd been doing the same to mix and match with colour images from my DSLR. And, hey, there's something about the American west that brings out the wannabe Ansel Adams in all of us...

This time I rather think it worked.

The towering buttes and mesas are small in the distance, the road running off into the heart of the natural beauty. Overhead the winter clouds threaten more snow to whiten the red red desert.

Lot's Wife's Road

Monument Valley, Utah
January 2009

*Not that there's much traffic to worry about in the dead of winter - and with a long straight to the Monuments, and another on the other side of the rise, there was plenty of warning of oncoming SUVs and RVs...
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