Photographer's Note

This is probably Mountain Valley as seen from 41,000 feet above. I was travelling from California to Chicago and specifically requested a window seat so I could take pictures of the vast American West. I have done this before (see example here) but I took low res pictures then so this time, I made sure my camera was set to the highest possible resolution.

From the American Southwest website: "Monument Valley provides perhaps the most enduring and definitive images of the American West. The isolated red mesas and buttes surrounded by empty, sandy desert have been filmed and photographed countless times over the years for movies, adverts and holiday brochures. Because of this, the area may seem quite familiar, even on a first visit, but it is soon evident that the natural colours really are as bright and deep as those in all the pictures. The valley is not a valley in the conventional sense, but rather a wide flat, sometimes desolate landscape, interrupted by the crumbling formations rising hundreds of feet into the air, the last remnants of the sandstone layers that once covered the entire region."

The photograph was taken with 95mm focal length of the Nikkor VR lens. There is a little bit of glare from the window glass (the bluish upper part) and I did not attempt to lessen it ... it was a little bit hazy in real life that afternoon anyway.

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