Star Trails over Monument Valley

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Above is “The Mittens” which is an iconic southwest structure that you will often see on Hollywood Films such as Back to the Future III, Forrest Gump, Mission Impossible II, old Country or Western movies and even the animated Disney film Cars had the timeless sandstone formations for backdrop. We drove to Monument Valley coming from Moab, Utah that had the Easter Jeep safari every Spring break and Lent season. It was a freaky drive because of reckless need for speed 4X4 Jeep drivers who would try to overtake you on one-way highways.  But the scene instantly rewards us in our balcony at “The View Hotel”. You have the Mittens right before your eyes for Night and Sunrise photography at your own space. My husband used the same technique for capturing the Star trails, which involved a sequential 30-second exposure for over an hour. The Monument Valley is under the Navajo Nation Tribal Parks and it is not affected by the federal government shutdown. It is fully operating and open to the public at this time.





Next Photos in this Series:

Jordan Pond – Acadia National Park

Thor’s Hammer

Glacier National Park  

Glacier Star Walk

Race Track Playa, Death Valley




Photography Credits: AlexFilatovPhoto.com

travel-sarah-jane-adrianoWritten By: Sarah Jane Adriano-Filatov. Pediatric Occupational Therapist. Hobbyist. Enthusiast. Photographer. Expatriate. Eternal Optimist. The Godmother. Anything. Everything in Between. A simple working wife living the New York dreams. Passionately aiming to capture the scenes on the other side of the camera.

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