Monument

Valley

Monument Valley:   one of the most scenic areas of the Navajo Nation with numerous monuments-buttes, fascinating rock formations, mesas, and canyons.

El Capitan near Kayenta, AZ

El Capitan near Kayenta, AZ

This image was taken when I was leaving the Valley heading towards Kayenta. As I recall it was around 7:00 a.m. and the sun was just rising. I spotted a couple of horses with their heads down, trying to find fresh grass in the bare frozen ground. Almost instinctively, I pulled over, grabbed my camera and walked slowly towards the small herd. Not unexpectedly, I was immediately spotted and the couple started moving away from me. I got slowly down and sat there for another five minutes to calm them down. It was freezing and my move did not seem to work. Then I also realized that, unfortunately, I had my 28-80 mm mounted on my Canon 5D with 70-200 mm telephoto lens sitting in my car. I guess another lesson learned – keep the longer lens on camera for occasional shoots. I took several shots and slowly backed to my car. Twenty minutes later, I was enjoying a hot coffee at McDonald’s. While reviewing my recent shots, I was gathering energy needed for a long drive through the Navajo country at that time covered in snow.