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The Valley of the Gods

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posted by Eric Gail alias EricGail_AdventureInFineArtPhotography on Friday 9th of December 2016 11:23:15 AM

On my third trip to the southwest I left Monument Valley and was booking down the road to meet up with Wayne Pinkston and Sandra Herber, who where awaiting my arrival in Bisti Badlands in the Four Corners region of New Mexico, I passed a sign off the road that read "Valley Of The Gods" I hit the brakes, what self respecting photographer can pass a sign like that and not stop in for a quick look see. I checked my watch, Hum! 5 hours to get to 4 corners. Should only take two. A quick check of the map showed a 17 mile dirt road that crossed over and met up with Highway 261 to the north, thankfully I had rented a Jeep and was gonna get money moneys worth out of it. The road was fairly smooth and I managed to make great time until I approached to far side of the valley where the road became quite sandy. The jeep bogged down in the soft sand a couple of times and I managed to get myself stuck temporarily. Someone else had been stuck there earlier and left some deep ruts which were now my problem. I pulled a bundle of firewood out of the back and stuffed a few pieces under the tires and managed after a couple of attempts to break free and pushed my way through to the other side. I ended up at the other side at the 261 and after stopping several times for photographs and still made it there in Shiprock by 3pm. If your ever in this area, do stop and take the time to drive through, its worth three hours but I would have spent 5 if my schedule allowed it. I have several other photos from here but unfortunately this was the only shot that had some nice clouds in the sky. I don't really like to post photos with blank skies. :/ Located 57 miles from Monument Valley along Hwy. 163 it is a must see location when traveling towards New Mexico. These statuesque formations are sculpted from Cedar Mesa sandstone dating to the Permian period, around 250 million years ago. Eroded by water, wind and ice over millions of years, the rock was carved into the unique buttes, monoliths , pinnacles and other geological features as seen here. Thanks for taking the time to take a look at my photos, and as always, your views, comments, faves, and support are greatly appreciated!! Have a great week ahead everybody!! :) Please do me a favor and follow me on my other social sites found below: 500px | Facebook | Flickr | Google+ | Instagram | Youtube



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