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Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Shiprock to Zion
Our Journey, Photography

Shiprock to Zion

We drove up from Alamogordo on a blistery Saturday morning. Most of the drive was through arid, hilly terrain with an occasional dusty small town to pull off in to get gas. As we approached Shiprock, the elevation began to climb and the outside palette shifted from fine sand to a mix of rock and snow. Setting up in the dark isn’t much fun but by this point we have a pretty good system and in less than 15 minutes we were setup for the night. The blistering cold of the desert will always be a shock to me. When I was growing up, I always pictured deserts with extreme heat, tumble weeds and lizards skittering across the sand and baked earth. Being out here is a completely different experience from the images conjured from my childhood imagination. Even in the RV the cold air could be felt seeping in through any nook or gap it could possibly find. Fortunately, we were prepared and have a number of heavy blankets to keep warm throughout the coldest nights.

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The Winged Rock
The Winged Rock
The Winged Rock
Our Journey, Photography

The Winged Rock

Last Saturday, after a full days drive, we arrived in Shiprock, New Mexico. Over the past several days, we have ventured out to the famous rock formation known to the Navajo as Tsé Bitʼaʼí or “rock with wings”. At nearly 1600 feet and completely isolated from it’s surroundings, it can be seen nearly 50 miles away. Each time we have visited, we have been fortunate enough to have great weather and, despite a few setbacks with the sun hanging behind clouds, have enjoyed the peace and quiet around this monument.

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Deeper into the Dunes
Deeper into the Dunes
Our Journey, Photography

Deeper into the Dunes

Here are a couple more images that were captured from White Sands National Monument. Before going out this time, we took a look at Google Maps to see which direction we should head out. There were several dark areas a ways into the dunes and we figured we would hike out to discover what they were. After walking several miles in, we came upon a series of giant sand mounds covered in shrubs. Not entirely sure what’s in the middle of them but it at least solved the mystery of the satellite imagery we were using.

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Sunset Over White Sands

I was able to capture this image last night after work. The weather was a bit chilly with sustained 30mph winds and gusts up to 50mph. This also led to the constant feeling of having sandpaper rubbed on any exposed skin. Fortunately, the dunes were quite stunning and made the discomfort worthwhile.

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