PFTA: John Ford’s Point

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to visit Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park on the border of Utah and Arizona. At the time, I was a tour guide and brought two wonderful couples from Germany here and was able to join them as translator. During the tour, we stopped at John Ford’s Point overlook. There was a Navajo gentleman who rode his horse out to John Ford’s Point and waved his hat for the tour groups that visited the Valley.

John Ford’s Point got its name from the movie director John Ford as a tribute to him for bringing Monument Valley to life on the Big Screen. Mr. Ford filmed several movies in Monument Valley, including John Wayne’s famous She Wore a Yellow Ribbon. The ending of The Code Talkers was also filmed on this point.

The history of this valley and area is vast and deep, and there is no way I could ever do it justice. I will just say that it is an amazing place that should be visited and hallowed as sacred ground.

Enjoy,

Kelly

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest: Now

First of all, I want to thank everyone for the Audience Choice Award for last week’s entry of John Ford‘s Point in Monument Valley!  It’s a great honor!!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Now!

Yesterday while at work, I noticed some turkeys running around.  The males were strutting their stuff to gain dominance in the harem, while at the same time trying to gain interest of the females.  It’s actually quite entertaining!

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After a while, they settled down to eat whatever they could scrounge out of the lawn.  Oh, by the way, that is a four-point buck mule deer munching away at the grass as well.  I call this one “Walking on the Wild Side.”

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This is from earlier this afternoon while walking home from work, I caught a waterfall at Employee Falls

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Tonight, when I went outside to go to dinner, I looked up and realized I NEED my camera with me! This was the view from my front door tonight!

CRW_0016zThis is Mountain of the Sun, which is behind the building where I live.

CRW_0013zThis is Lady Mountain, with Mount Zion in front (the little peak to the right).

I walked further down, and captured this:

CRW_0018zThis is Lady Mountain on the left, Castle Dome in the middle and Cathedral Mountain on the right.

I finally made it to dinner (barely), but when I saw this, there was no way I was passing this up!

CRW_0019zThis is Zion Lodge, in beautiful Zion National Park (my home).  This is where i live and work.  Jealous??!?

 

 

 

 

 

Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – People in Nature

 

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: People in Nature!

I normally don’t take photos of people in Nature, since I like to sell my photography at my website, (for privacy reasons, and model releases are not easy to get sometimes) but sometimes I find an awesome view, and people just make it that much better.  I could only find a couple of photos with people in them, like the one I posted last week, which by the way, THANKS for the Honorable Mention as well!

Here is my other entry into this field of People in Nature:

_RW_2761This is John Ford‘s Point in Monument Valley, Utah.  On this day, there happen to be a Navajo on horseback, which made it more spectacular.  This was the place that the ending of the movie Code Talkers was filmed.

 

Here are a couple of tourists I found at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

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Wow, isn’t that amazing?? This is what I call sitting on the edge!

 

IMG_0490Talk about enjoying the view!  And what a view it is!!!