Saturday, 24 November 2018 12:55

Stubborn as a Muley

It sits on the southern shoulder, the cliff shoulder, of Cedar Mesa, looking over the vastness of the San Juan River Valley and its famous Goosenecks, slowly sloughing off great blocks of stone into the chasms below, chipping away at the great uplift. Directly south is the skyline of Monument Valley, sacred to the Dine. To the southeast there is the Valley of the Gods, and to the west, the San Juan rumbles slowly to meet its destiny with the mighty Colorado. It is, or was, part of the disputed land of the Bears Ears National Monument; and one day may it be so again without an aura of contention.

A focal length of 63mm, the far end of normal, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted in the golden light of a setting sun. An aperture of f/22 provided depth-of-field, and a shutter speed of 1.0 second at ISO 100 provided an overall slightly lighter-than-medium exposure.

To rest into Muley Point at the end of a Red Rock day is to watch the light of the world slowly fade into the nothingness that is the beginning of everything.

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  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 30 November 2018 12:42 posted by Donald McGowan

    Hey Nancy T. Since my Joomla page will allow for only 15 comments, I had to begin a new page for the remaining comments. I hope you are having a wonderful time with family, and you are enjoying the milder weather. As always, you find a story to share that adds depth to our discussion. Today's story about contrast is well-taken; I think it is what the West is all about. Thank you for pointing it out for us to consider.
    Hi Phyllis. It's great to hear from you. I really appreciate your kind words and I will hold them close as the recovery continues
    Thank you All again for your kind words. I look forward to being back among you very soon. Walk in Beauty.

  • Comment Link Donald McGowan Friday, 30 November 2018 12:32 posted by Donald McGowan

    Good morning Everyone. I am honored by and extremely grateful for all of your kind wishes and thoughtful comments. You never cease to remind me of the beauty that expresses itself in that wonderful community of folks whose creative energies showcase for us the wonders of the natural world.
    Hey Ray, it's always good to have you with us. The insights you share and the joy with which you share them are always sources of enlightenment for me. I appreciate your thoughts on format: portrait vs. landscape. Indeed, a landscape format seemed to include too much negative space, while "portrait" mode allowed the layering of significant areas of elements and relationships. And I also appreciate your thoughts on "shadow" and the use of greater contrast. It will be fun to re-process this image, playing with your suggestion. As you can see, the sun was nearly set; so the sidelight was fairly intensely finding its way into the shaded areas.
    Hey Joani. It's good to hear from you. I hope you are well, and I do so very much appreciate your kind words. I hope to never have to miss again getting an Image posted. Thanks for your support.
    Hi Linda T. It's great to hear from you. I had a long conversation with Judy C. yesterday, and she indicated that you are doing well. I appreciate your kind words and hope that on the far side of my healing, we may find ourselves together somewhere down the road, perhaps in "the most wondrous place (you've) never seen."
    Hi Barbara. Thank you so much for the kind words about my healing and about the image. I'm really glad you're enjoying the conversation. Walk in Beauty.
    Hi Horace. It's always interesting and informative to receive your thoughts and comments; and I appreciate your taking the time to share them. I'm looking forward to working with you as we go down the path of photographic creativity.
    Hey Dianne. It's good to hear from you. Your kind words and thoughtful comments evoke a big smile and a warmed heart. Thank you.
    Hey Chuck, I really enjoyed hearing from you yesterday; and even though you are now further away than "right around the corner," I somehow imagine we will be able to remain in close contact as we go forward. We have, indeed, stood in places like Muley Point quite a few times. And we are always amazed at what we find. Walk in Beauty, my friend.
    Ah, Donald, I know you are going to love that corner of the world wherein is found your new "winter" home; and I look forward to the conversations we will share about it.
    Hi Mike. Thank you, as always, for joining us and for your kind and thoughtful words. I very much appreciate your good wishes.
    Hey Pete. Your thoughts and comments are always appreciated. Somewhere in the back of my mind I knew that you have been doing a daily image posting. For some reason, I do not receive notice of it, but I'll start looking for it. To share the beauty is certainly one of the important ways in which we repair the world. Keep up you good work for much reparation is needed just now.
    Hey Win. It's great to have you back with us in this corner of the world. I very much appreciate your kind words and the beauty of your analogy and metaphor. We know that nature's vertebrae can bear up under a heavy load. It would, indeed, be wonderful if mankind did a bit more to help Nature with the burden, rather than adding to it.
    Hi Karen. It's always good to hear from you and to receive your thoughts and observations.. I hear what you say about comparing the West with a Wisconsin snowstorm. I think that for my money, I'd keep both, even as aggravating as snowstorms can sometimes be. I'm glad to learn that your recovery went so well; and I appreciate your thoughtful words about mine. Walk in Beauty, snowstorm or otherwise.
    Hello Patricia, my dear friend. It's great to have you with me. I am grateful for your gift of energy; and being from one of the best "Muley" folks I've ever known, I receive it with gratitude. I very much hope that our paths will cross in the coming year.
    Hey Willa. It was a pleasure having you with us at Lake Junaluska and equally so having you join me for the week's Image. Thank you for all of your kind wishes and expressions, as well as your admonitions. I am mindful of both as I travel this road of recovery.
    Hi Michelle. I am grateful for your kind words of encouragement; and, as always, a delighted to have you join us for the conversation. I hope all is well in the Sunshine State.

  • Comment Link Michelle Jensen Thursday, 29 November 2018 12:01 posted by Michelle Jensen

    Don, How fitting, that the picture is golden. What a treasure your recovery will be and how magnificent that you came through so well. Bless the doctors, yourself and precious Bonnie.

  • Comment Link Willa Boswell Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:07 posted by Willa Boswell

    Don I truly love and appreciate the pictures that you have shared. I also appreciate the teacher in you during and after the RS class.

    Wishing you less pain and discomfort as you recuperate from your surgery. Take it easy and don’t rush back to picture taking until given the final release.

    Be good to yourself and those you love.


  • Comment Link Pat Crutchfield Sunday, 25 November 2018 19:33 posted by Pat Crutchfield

    "Stubborn as a Muley," indeed! Thanks for sharing the image and your thoughts. Stay stubborn and heal strong. Sending you my very best energy.

  • Comment Link Karen Geiken Sunday, 25 November 2018 17:08 posted by Karen Geiken

    Wishing you a speedy and complete recovery as I have enjoyed after a similar surgery ten years ago Don. May you also continue to climb rocks! This photo is joyous. After visiting many of the National Parks these past five years, I now would like to add Monument Valley, although not a National Park but should be. I am ready to trade the West for a current snowstorm in Wisconsin.

  • Comment Link Win Sunday, 25 November 2018 16:32 posted by Win

    Fantastic photo. Those ridges along the walls of the mesa are rather like nature's strong vertebra. May your own regain the strength reserved for humans!

  • Comment Link Peter Ray Sunday, 25 November 2018 14:04 posted by Peter Ray

    Don: Thanks, as always for the image. Every day I post a picture of mine on fb. Obviously, with that many images, the quality is a bit uneven but it is remarkable how much people look forward to them in the face of so much political division. Thanks as always for your posts.

  • Comment Link Mike Sunday, 25 November 2018 11:40 posted by Mike

    Don your pictures are always awesome. I am glad u are on the mend and doing well. God bless you!

  • Comment Link Donald Newsom Sunday, 25 November 2018 10:42 posted by Donald Newsom

    My heart sings to see this image, because the image itself is so glorious a representation of a beautiful land; because your posting it is a sign that you are on the mend; and because I'm headed to that corner of the world myself, to be my winter home. Thank you, Don, and be well.

  • Comment Link Chuck Coburn Sunday, 25 November 2018 10:09 posted by Chuck Coburn

    Don, how many times have we stood in the predawn light composing the first image of the day and than waiting for the searchlight of the heavens to light up the highest points of the uplifts or top of the canyon walls. The capture of that moment is always special to me. You have done, again, a masterful job of capturing that. My eye right a way caught the repetition of the piles of sloughed off rock at the base of the receding uplifts. Thank you for being able to share with us this wonderful image, it brings back a ton of memories. Heal well my friend.

  • Comment Link Dianne Joseph Madden Sunday, 25 November 2018 10:02 posted by Dianne Joseph Madden

    Sending best wishes for a speedy recovery! Thank you for the beauty you share, I always enjoy your emails. Thank you. This image is spectacular!

  • Comment Link Horace Hamilton Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:36 posted by Horace Hamilton

    Best wishes Don for a full and rapid recovery. And thank you for your beautiful images that always inspire.

  • Comment Link Barbara Stebbins Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:26 posted by Barbara Stebbins

    Rest and recover! I am enjoying your images. Thanks for the information on each image

  • Comment Link Linda Taylor Sunday, 25 November 2018 09:12 posted by Linda Taylor

    May you heal well and quickly so you can travel the world you enjoy so much in comfort. Thank you for sharing not only the beautiful light but also a wondrous place I have never seen.

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