PFTA: Monument Valley Sunset

Back in my tour driving days, I used to wait at Goulding’s Trading Post, just north of Monument Valley, for my tour group to return from their guided tour of Monument Valley. I had many opportunities to enjoy the sunset there. On one such trip, I captured this image. I love how the light and shadows play on the peaks.

This image is available for purchase on my ArtPal site.

Enjoy,

Kelly

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: Reflections

I’m participating in the onlineadventure travel and photography magazineLetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggersThis week’s Challenge is: Reflections!

 

I’ve used this one before, but it’s always been my favorite. Here is “Reflections”

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However, being in the desert, it’s really hard to find open sources of water. That being said, there are other things that can reflect, like mirrors. For example:

CRW_0027capThis is El Capitan, just outside of Monument Valley, Arizona. I was driving a van and couldn’t get out, so I took this picture through the rear-view mirror. It was a stormy evening, as you can see the rain drops on the mirror.

Of course, there is water in the desert, especially in Las Vegas, Nevada. Here is the beautiful Bellagio Resort and its famous lake in front.

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This is a watering hole on Little Creek Mesa looking towards Smithsonian Butte.

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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!

 

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Contest – New Beginnings

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

 

After looking at sunrises which signify the beginning of a new day, such as here at Monument ValleyRW_0439

or this beautiful day in the Gulf of Mexico:

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Then there was this day in Galveston, Texas, which was the ending of such an awesome vacation.

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Then I realized that there’s more to New Beginnings than just a new day.  It means new life from old, such as this pine tree growing from an old stump.

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Of course, it also means growing seeds for the coming harvest, like this pine tree growing new pine cones.

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But then, I realized that these are all trivial, when it comes to us starting a new way of life.  I had some friends get married this past fall (you know who your are! Congratulations again!).  This is the best and greatest New Beginning, and having a child is the close second.

They are now expecting their first child, and I wish them the best!  I would like to show you the wedding rings after their beautiful wedding ceremony on the front lawn of Zion Lodge in Zion National Park.

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Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Unusual

 

Thanks for choosing my photo of the scuba diver in Exploring as Honorable Mention!  It’s a great honor!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine  Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Unusual!

 

I want to start with some interesting cloud formations that are strange, yet beautiful.  The first two were taken in the desert east of Beaver Dam, Arizona.  The first was taken around late afternoon.

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It looks like a hand print from the sky!  This next one was taken later that day around sunset.  I was looking at the clouds when I took this photograph, but I didn’t see what was in the clouds until much later when I saw the image blown up.

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This really blew me away!  What is it? a bird, a spaceship? or just an odd cloud formation?  I never can tell.

There are also larger shapes in clouds such as dragons:

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This was in the desert near Navajo Mountain on the way home from Monument Valley.  And speaking of dragons, have you ever seen a fire breathing dragon?  I have:

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This was found in a burning stump during a forest fire near the Grand Canyon.  I don’t think it’s a relative of Smaug the Terrible.

 

Now let’s move on to Black and White.  The object of black and white photography is to show light and shadow.  Have you ever seen shapes in shadows, or clouds?  I certainly have.  Take a look at these:  What do you see?

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Do you see the profile?  The lighting has to be perfect to get shapes from lights and shadows, probably once in a lifetime.  Here’s a fun one as well:

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See the moose?  It’s not often you see a moose in the deserts of Utah!  In fact, they are not native to the area, unless you find them in the rocks.

Thanks for checking these out!  and Check out the other entries as well.

 

 

Wild Weekly Photo Challenge- Sunsets

I’m participating in the online adventure travel magazine LetsBeWild.com’s Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers. This week’s Challenge is: Sunsets!

This week, I decided to add some of my favorite sunsets that I have captured.

I wanted to add more, but I’ll save them for another time.  These images are available as prints at www.kellyguymon.com

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Grand Canyon, Yavapai Point

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Monument Valley, AZ, sunrise

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Inversion at Sunset, Bright Angel Trailhead

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Smoky Sunset, Grand Canyon. Taken during a forest fire on the North Rim.

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Sunset at Grand Canyon Airport

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Sunset at Bryce Canyon, Fairyland, with the Sinking Ship and Moon.

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Panoramic Sunset of Grand Canyon North Rim

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Sunset at Joshua Tree Forest, AZ

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Sunrise, Zion National Park