Misty Monument Valley

This isn’t my photograph. It was taken by my mother just a few months before she passed away in 2015, at age 88. I’ve included it here for two reasons: First, it is to pay tribute to her vitality and determination, that she was up at dawn in the Arizona desert having another adventure at advanced age and in ill health. I would never presume to achieve that, or even come close. Second, it is a glorious and unusual photograph in its own right. “The Mittens” formation at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is perhaps the most photographed and recognizable scene in Arizona, even beyond the Grand Canyon. I have seen it many times, but never in such dramatic light, with sinister clouds twisting around the silhouetted pillars. It is a scene that happens once in a lifetime — and it was a great lifetime. (Price Schedule D)

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