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Teardrop Arch~monument Valley
Photo By Jean Day

  • Title: Teardrop Arch~monument Valley
  • State/Province/Region: Utah
  • Country: United States
  • Nearest Area: Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
  • Brief Directions: Off Hwy. 163 at Monument Valley at the border of Utah and Arizona.
  • Best Season: Spring
  • Description: The first time I saw this shot was nearly 30 years ago done by David Meunch and I've wanted to get it ever since. Well, I had a relatively good idea on how to get to it, but with some additional checking found that it is on private property and could only be reached with a Navajo guide...meaning I had to pay to get it! Decency took over and I just couldn't trespass. I really don't have the money to spend on such a luxury, but I stopped by one of the tour booths in the valley just to check on access and the cost of this endeavor. Then the haggling began and I kept saying as much as I wanted the shot I just didn't have the extra funds to pay for it. Just as Mel and I were about to leave, one of the guides came up to my truck and asked how much I thought it was worth and he would give me 1 1/2 hours up on the mesa. Obviously I gave in because the price was reasonable, and the conditions presenting themselves for the evening were just too much for me to ignore. The sun was in and out of the clouds lighting the arch and the background mesas one after the other. I was in heaven and ended up with a couple of different comps in varying degrees of light. All said and done, I came away with much more than I could have expected.
  • Gear: Pentax K-7; Pentax 16-50mm; Hoya CP; Cokin GND; F22; ISO 100; .25 sec.
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