New Mexico-Utah-Arizona, September 2016

Traveling with my friend Rush Dudley we headed northwest from Albuquerque stopping first at Angel Peak, a BLM campground in an area of banded bandland formations and rugged terrain. We arrived in Moab on a Sunday afternoon, picking up provisions before heading into Arches National Park. For four days we camped at the Devils Garden Campground, hiking around the arches and rock formations during the day and photographing the stars at night. We got clouded out the last two nights then headed to Monument Valley in Arizona. A strong wind greeted us in the region and we managed to set up the tent at The View campground in the gale amid the blowing red sand. Even over the glare of The View hotel lights one of the brightest Milky Way shone overhead. After the overnight wind and thunderstorms we escaped to Flagstaff and two nights of civilization in a hotel. I gave a night sky photography workshop at the Flagstaff Star Party, stayed for the final night of telescope observing and then we headed out early Sunday to Chaco Culture National Historical Park. I did an afternoon talk and evening workshop there as part of their Night Sky Festival and we were given one of the vacant ranger houses to stay in. We returned to Albuquerque the next day to try and clean out the red sand from our belongings.

Arches N.P.- Balanced Rock by moonlight

Arches N.P.- Balanced Rock by moonlight

Arches N.P.- Moonhalo behind the Windows

Arches N.P.- Moonhalo behind the Windows

Arches N.P.- Mars in the South Window

Arches N.P.- Mars in the South Window

Arches N.P.- The Windows, Mars in the South

Arches N.P.- The Windows, Mars in the South

Arches N.P.- The Summer Triangle above the South Window lit by moonlight

Arches N.P.- The Summer Triangle above the South Window lit by moonlight

Monument Valley, AZ- From The View campground

Monument Valley, AZ- From The View campground

Flagstaff, AZ- Milky Way above the annual Star Party

Flagstaff, AZ- Milky Way above the annual Star Party

Chaco Culture N.H.P., NM- Fajada Butte with Mars shining near the horizon

Chaco Culture N.H.P., NM- Fajada Butte with Mars shining near the horizon

Chaco Culture N.H.P., NM- Milky Way above the mesa

Chaco Culture N.H.P., NM- Milky Way above the mesa

Angel Peak, NM- Juniper branches and the Summer Triangle

Angel Peak, NM- Juniper branches and the Summer Triangle

SOUTHWEST 2016 | 2016 | New Work | Comments (4)

4 Responses to “SOUTHWEST 2016”

  1. Rori Baldari says:

    Hi Stan. The photo South Window @Arches National Monument is stunning. I’ve been to Arches, it’s really beautiful. Will this photo be available for sale at any point?

  2. Kerry says:

    These images are truly awesome and awe inspiring!!

  3. Susan says:

    Amazing photos…..Thrilling, really!

  4. Lance says:

    Stan, Honored to be among your latest gallery of images. ‘Mars in South Window’ superb. Grateful for your skills helping people see what they are missing. Feedback – pro or con – welcome re: Star Party. Safe travels.

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