The Road Ahead

SEPTEMBER 2003 – Highway 163 near Kayenta, Arizona, looking North. Photo © Mark Zanzig/

The story behind the image

We had been on that day to the Antelope Slot Canyon already and were still deeply impressed by the beauty of it. Now we were on our way to Monument Valley, another exciting place to visit. In Kayenta (AZ) we turned left into the Highway 163 and drove North. We felt like we had been thrown into a western movie because the landscape was getting really deserted. The highway was as straight as it could possibly be. And a fantastic photo opportunity.

I stopped the car and grabbed the camera. It was enough traffic that I had to wait a few minutes until no car came (from behind) and the cars in the distance were still too far away to be clearly visible. I adore this shot, and the memories associated with it.

Why this image for New Year’s Eve? Well, I hope that my personal ‘Road Ahead’ will be as straight as this highway, at least for the year 2022. (It probably won’t, but let’s cross that bridge when we get to it.)

With this I wish you, my dear followers, a happy and prosperous year 2022.

The high resolution image

Capture Date14-SEP-2003
LocationMile Post 398, Highway 163, Arizona
CameraCanon AE-1 Program
Image SourceFuji Slide Film
Digital Image SourceMinolta Dimage Scan Elite II
Digital Image File FormatTIFF, 48 bits/pixel, AdobeRGB
Edited Image FormatJPEG, 24 bits/pixel, sRGB
Edited Image Dimensions3848 x 2449 Pixels
Copyright© by Mark Zanzig/

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