Monument Valley, Arizona (I)

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Monument Valley with The Mittens and Merrick Butte (right), seen from the platform of the visitor center in the late afternoon. Photo © by Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

During our 2003 trip to the United States, we visited Monument Valley. At first we hesitated a bit to drive the valley with our rental car. But then we decided to go for it, and it was absolutely worth the effort. It allows you to stop where you feel it’s necessary. And so I took countless photos showing the majestic landscape in all its beauty.

The view from the visitor center is iconic and I felt that the blue sky was fantastic. We thought we were extremely lucky with the weather but some photographers point out that a few clouds further enhance the views. Well, well. I like this shot anyway because nothing distracts from the stunning scene. And the cars parking next to the dirt road perfectly highlight the enormous size of The Mittens and Merrick Butte.

The high resolution image

Capture Date14-SEP-2003
LocationMonument Valley Viewpoint, Arizona
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
LensCanon FD 28mm 1/2.8
Image SourceSlide Film – Fuji Sensia
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image Source FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, Adobe RGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3743 x 2495 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/


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