Special Places – # 1 – NEW

Note from HJ:

This is a new post will be published EVERY SUNDAY, the rest of the week continues as always for birds!  It will consist of photos of different places I visited during past years. Also will post photos that I consider artistic type. Keep in mind that some are scans of printed photos and film cameras. Digital Photography is much simpler now! I’m hoping you like my idea and enjoy my photographs.
Please do not think I’d leave the birds, this new post is one day a week, the bird’s post will continue for 6 days a week.

Monument Valley National Park (Utah)



Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona–Utah state line (around 36°59′N 110°6′W), near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the territory of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.
Monument Valley has been featured in many forms of media since the 1930s. Director John Ford used the location for a number of his best-known films and thus, in the words of critic Keith Phipps, “its five square miles [13 square kilometers] have defined what decades of moviegoers think of when they imagine the American West
The area is part of the Colorado Plateau. The elevation of the valley floor ranges from 5,000 to 6,000 feet (1,500 to 1,800 m) above sea level. The floor is largely siltstone of the Cutler Group, or sand derived from it, deposited by the meandering rivers that carved the valley. The valley’s vivid red color comes from iron oxide exposed in the weathered siltstone. The darker, blue-gray rocks in the valley get their color from manganese oxide.
The buttes are clearly stratified, with three principal layers. The lowest layer is the Organ Rock Shale, the middle is de Chelly Sandstone, and the top layer is the Moenkopi Formation capped by Shinarump Conglomerate. The valley includes large stone structures including the famed “Eye of the Sun”.
Between 1945 and 1967, the southern extent of the Monument Upwarp was mined for uranium, which occurs in scattered areas of the Shinarump Conglomerate; vanadium and copper are associated with uranium in some deposits.

© HJ Ruiz – Avian101

15 thoughts on “Special Places – # 1 – NEW

  1. Of course we love the birding posts, but will enjoy these as well. We can’t take birds out of the context of the habitats in which they dwell. So, looking forward to the series! William

    • I always figure out some way to fill daily posting. Especially when I haven’t traveled much because the obvious reason of lockdowns, etc. And birds are further south on migration. Thanks, William. 🙂 – This is only for Sundays –

  2. Fascinating and informative post. Your photos are stunning. What an impressive place! It is great your are introducing a different type of images to your regular bird posts.

    • This is what I’m doing, on Mondays I’ll fill a post with Special Places but the rest of the week will continue with just birds.
      I’m sorry that I used the word venue in the title, it’s misleading. Thanks, Chris. 🙂

    • No, my good friend, only on Sundays I’ll have the post Special Places. For the rest of the week, I’ll continue posting for birds. No changes.
      When I used the word venue in the title, it misled a lot of people. I’m sorry.
      Thank you, Ashley. 🙂

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