From the Painted Desert we drove to Chinle to see Canyon de Chelly. There is a paved road that follows the north side of the canyon with several turn outs allowing opportunities to shoot from above. This was late in the afternoon and the sun and clouds created wonderful shadows. The photos do a very good job of representing how majestic it is but one still needs to see it first hand to fully appreciate the beauty.
Death Valley’s Mesquite Sand Dunes is 2 miles south of Stovepipe Wells Village. There is a parking lot but you have to hike 2 miles or more to get out to the largest dunes. I found that if you park 1/4 of a mile north of the lot and off the side of the road you can hike to dunes that the tourists don’t get to. The importance of that, for a photograph, is there are no foot prints to spoil the pristine nature of dunes. I took photos at sunset and sunrise and this one was at sunset.
I grew up in Sedona. One summer, during college, I worked at the El Tovar Hotel at the Grand Canyon. That job gave me the opportunity to see the canyon every day (and meet college girls that worked there too). That was too many years ago to count but it’s not something one forgets; the canyon. It is with that backdrop that I post this photo. Having recently visited Kauai, I heard about Waimea referred to in the tourist books as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. I would need an ultra-wide-angle lens to really do it justice but it was spectacular.