Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Photography

US 163

US 163

One of the more famous spots in movie lore, Forrest Gump Point is in the bottom of the valley at this end of the straightaway. This is where Forrest Gump gives up his cross-country running and wants to go home.

From this vantage point, in the far distance on the extreme left, the Big Indian, to the left and center, the multi-spired Stagecoach, and Brigham’s Tomb on the right.

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The Stones Themselves

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In Monument Valley, the red coloured rocks are quite prominent and the vivid hues are in your face. I thought that removing the colour and presenting the scene in black and white would show the grain and structure of the giant boulders and cliff face. Hopefully the tuft of grasses included at the bottom of the frame gives the image a sense of scale.

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Chimney Rock

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This week’s posts are of the American Southwest; from the Four Corners area and Monument Valley. This image is from the side of US Highway 163 just south of the Ute Mountain Reservation in Colorado. This was the one of the first monolith of this type that we had seen on the trip.

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Painted Desert

Painted Desert

 

Just north of the Petrified Forest National Park is an area known as the Painted Desert. Much of Arizona and the southwest is desert country and the colour varies from area to area. Here the features show in layers of ochre, terracotta and grey. The odd bit of green shows up as a nice accent to the mostly red palette.

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West Mitten

West Mitten

 

The Mittens are one of the most recognisable and easily accessed features of Monument Valley. We recently re-watched John Ford’s The Searchers with John Wayne. Monument Valley was definitely one of the stars of the movie. Back when the film was shot, the location was even more rustic, with no paved roads to the valley, let alone in it.

This location might be in too many photos, but we should each make what we can from each location. I wanted to include the sage and juniper in the foreground to show the terrain near the monolith.

In the best light…


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