Iconic & Remote


A recent trip to canyon country with my husband, Brent and dog, Augie included a visit to iconic Monument Valley in addition to exploring less traveled remote areas. I have always wondered what Monument Valley was like so while in the area we paid the $20 fee to drive the Navajo Tribal Park loop. It was a bumpy, dusty road and a cloudy afternoon with a fair amount of tourists and tour jeeps. My favorite images captured the iconic Mittens. I thought them to be the most attractive ‘monuments’ in the park and can understand why they are so popular. The rest of our three days were spent exploring areas outside of the popular and often crowded national parks near Moab. Borrowing our sons truck camper we camped for free on BLM (Bureau of Land Management) Land below our very own pinnacle one night. It was fun to be on location to shoot it at sunset and then again at sunrise. Other roads revealed rock forms just as wonderful as those found in the parks. While on the road with my husband I’ve learned to curb my shooting (somewhat) and I am looking forward to going back for what I may have forfeited. My friends and I have joked about a support group for the spouse’s of photographers! We realize it’s not easy, so I appreciate my husband’s patience very much.

‘North Butte’ © Denise Bush
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‘Desert Sunburst’ © Denise Bush

‘The Mittens’ © Denise Bush
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‘Monument Valley In B&W’ © Denise Bush

‘Purple Sky In The Canyonlands’ © Denise Bush

‘Canyon Country Pinnacle’ © Denise Bush

‘Sunrise In The Canyonlands’ © Denise Bush
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‘Moon Over Rock Temple’ © Denise Bush
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53 Responses to “Iconic & Remote”

  1. 1 Joe Perno

    Amazing as always Denise. Would love to be there for a Full Moon Rise . . . Or set. And Sunrise/Sunset

  2. Monumental images!

  3. wow amazing.

  4. Really gorgeous images, Denise. It must have been quite a thrill to be there. I especially liked that you camped there to catch the sunsets and sunrises.

  5. Fabulous images, Denise! It must have been a wounderful trip!

  6. One of my favorite parks and you have captured its magnificence, Denise. Fantastic series. I know exactly what you mean about balancing it all with your spouse. My husband should get the patient supporter award!

    • Thanks Jane … just two of the images are from the Navajo Tribal Park’s Monument Valley. The rest are from the Needles area of Canyonlands and BLM land.

  7. Reblogged this on Rich's Rambles and commented:
    Denise is one helluva photographer and I just wanted all my friends to see what one of the best of the best is doing.

    • Thanks so much for the nice compliment! I have been taking photography pretty seriously for a long time so it’s great to get positive support!

  8. 15 Deb

    Fabulous images Denise! What an amazing place to get to see in person!

  9. Great shots! Especially like the last one with the moon. I have camped on BLM land and in national parks, and agree, that it’s too easy to stumble out of the tent and catch the first light that way.

    • Hi Terry! The formation beneath the moon was out one camper window and the pinnacle the other. I am going to go to some of these locations again and sleep in my car. Great to hear from you and thank you for looking! (P.S. I fixed the typo.)

  10. Wow that is so awesome you were able to camp out in the wild blue yonder! I so wish I had been with you guys. What stunning landscapes you brought back. Brent is lucky to have a little adventure girl.

  11. Lovely images, It’s been 20+ years since I visited that area. You have captured it so well and brought back pleasant memories.

  12. Wow, great captures!

  13. Gorgeous colours and wonderful skies. It must have been breathtaking to have been there.

  14. Amazing geology! It boggles the mind to think of the natural history here. Your photos are stunning as usual, Denise – I really love ‘North Butte.’ The lit ‘chimney’ and the cloud looks like smoke.
    Spouses of photographers have to be a patience lot. I often feel guilty and offer to let mine go on without me, but mostly, he sticks around. 🙂

  15. 29 Angela Moyer

    Excellent, Denise! I love them all, especially the monument valley images!

  16. Great photos! I will be making my first trip to Utah this summer. On this trip, I will be visiting Arches and Canyonlands.

  17. All of them are very nice, and I love the ‘sunburst’. Funny about the support group….

  18. Stunning photos, Denise. Thank you for sharing.

  19. Beautiful work, Denise. Always a pleasure to see your photos! And if a national support group for the spouse’s of photographers ever develops, let me know so my husband can join. 😉

  20. 40 V.

    Great stuff, Denise! Love it!

  21. What a delicious spread of vast scenery and sandstone monuments! Years ago my Australian husband and I toured this area on a trip to the Grand Canyon. He was estatic with the place and we both commented on the colours of Australia that were here before our eyes. Desert Sunburst is my favourite in this collection. There is so much ‘mood’ in your capture.

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  23. Those are all beautiful images Denise! This place has long been on my Bucket List.

    My husband rarely goes with me. He doesn’t have the patience to wait for the right light with me. When we are together and I have my camera I tend to rush, or forego shots too.

    A support group might be good to have while on a photography trip. 🙂

    • I can certainly do a better job alone or with a photo buddy but enjoy exploring new places with Brent. I made mental notes of what I want to go back to when I am on a dedicated photo trip! Thanks for your visit and nice comment!

  24. Fantastic photo’s Denise, well worth the $20 🙂

  25. Stunning captures! I have always wanted to visit Monument and the areas surrounding Moab are so incredibly beautiful!

  26. 51 Vickie Bush

    Looks like another great trip Denise , so glad you got a chance to get there. Photos are beautiful! I had never heard of the Mittens.

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