About MeI live in Jackson Hole, Wyoming where I explore the deeper reaches of the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem while also trying to raise awareness about light pollution and the importance of dark skies through photography and video.
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Upon waking up in Monument Valley, I climbed out of my tent in my pajamas, looked up toward my car and saw a rather large group of photographers trying not to stare back down at me. Apparently the primitive campgrounds at Monument Valley Tribal Park also doubles as the most scenic spot to take photography tours. I can’t blame them though, it was a very scenic location and the sunrise was quite scenic that morning.
The last time I drove through Monument Valley, it was over Memorial Day weekend in 2008. Many residents of Arizona will remember that weekend for a while because in addition to massive thunderstorms rolling across both high and low deserts, the high country received as much of 17 inches of snow! And in late May, no less! During that time some friends and I were on our way to Moab, Utah driving through Monument Valley as the last of the storms were fighting to keep active for a little while longer. This shot is of Agathla Peak, one of the first landmarks you see upon entering Monument Valley from Kayenta, Arizona.