Fine Art Images from the American Southwest

Monument Valley, Taos, and San Luis Valleys. 11-16-2022

Greetings from San Cristobal and beyond to Mounument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

This week I was digging in the archive, searching for stock images and a selection for a local photography exhibition. I got distracted and went down the rabbit hole.
An image of the shadow event in Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park last spring drew me deeper down the hole. Revisiting a photo, I tend to reminisce and then often edit it to represent more of what I felt than what I initially saw.

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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Utah
Shadow event last spring in Mounument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

Monument Valley and southeast Utah are one of my all-time favorite areas. I’ve been there many, many times since my first trip in 1985. It did me a world of good to revisit there, although virtually this week.

Secondly, a picture of Taos Mountain from a few years ago, bathed in the last light before the sun set. I wanted to edit it again, bringing out the details in the little creek in the foreground.

Pueblo Peak/Taos Mountain
Pueblo Peak/Taos Mountain winter.

A few days ago, Pami and I made a short drive to a favorite spot in the San Luis Valley, you know which one. First, we enjoyed the scene of hay trucks hauling half-ton bales down the narrow roads to one of the many pole barns scattered throughout the valley. A lot of the fields, and some equipment, were put to bed for winter. The pivot irrigator languished on its side wheels up, either for repair or ready to be dismantled and stored. It reminded me of a turtle on its back with legs in the air.

Pivot irrigator, San Luis Valley, CO
Pivot irrigator, San Luis Valley, CO.
Roadside tree with hay bales
Roadside tree with hay bales, San Luis, Valley CO.

The tree above is home to nesting raptors. I’ve often photographed them in this tree in this area. Of course, no trip to the valley would be complete without a visit to the old homestead.

Old homestead, San Luis Valley, Colorado
Old homestead in snow, San Luis Valley, Colorado

As always, thank you for looking. G

14 thoughts on “Monument Valley, Taos, and San Luis Valleys. 11-16-2022”

  1. I have a seen a couple different photographers photograph the Mounument Valley shallow. I have been to Monument Valley and it it so awesome but I would love to see the shadow as you have captured it. Thank for going down the rabbit hole and sharing what you found.

    • Thank you so much Kay. You can see the shadow event late March and mid September every year. It’s a wonderful sight. I hope you get to go see it. G

      • Great shots, Geraint. I agree about revisiting edit jobs. Not only does what we “saw” crystallize but I know I am way more proficient in software to achieve the look I’m going for. And as for favorite homesteads in the Valley, well, mine went a blowin’ in the wind!

  2. Beautiful photos, Geraint! Particularly love the dramatic skies in the Monument, Taos, and homestead shots. Spending today trying to coax some texture out of some of my cloudy day shots last week heightened my appreciation for your great work.

    • Thank you, Jim I hope you have an opportunity to go visit there. If you want to see more search for “monument valley” in my search box. Cheers, Jim. G

  3. Your version of the Mittens shadow is different to my eye. The focal point isn’t obvious at first, and it’s a little thrill when my eye catches it.
    Well done – I believe winter with a little snow is my favorite season in the country.

    • Thank you, Gary. I hope to make out to the shadow event again. We shall see, maybe next spring. Pam and I may make down your way next spring too. Cheers. G

  4. Great to visit via your amazing photos. Good to go down rabbit holes sometimes.
    Watched a couple of Christmas films with my grandson this weekend (early I know)
    Your dad was playing the staring role! Great memories all round.Alison


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