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The Art of Ride #1 – On Location in a Navajo Tribal Park



alt=”” width=”581″ height=”386″ />‘s mid November and I’m flying out to Albuquerque, NM hoping to return with images of the Southwest that will work for the album. I make my way northwest through the desert to Shiprock and soon find myself in snow covered mountains. The road continues west to Kayenta, Arizona, then north towards Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park. The view is striking the entire way, but entering the park from the south during the sunset is mind blowing.

I stop in at the Monument Valley visitor center and set up. From the parking lot there’s a perfect view of the West Mitten, the East Mitten and Merrick Butte, the setting sun playing on them. Conditions are changing constantly as time passes, and the reds and oranges begin slowly turning dull as the sun slips below the horizon.

After a while the sun finally disappears completely and then, suddenly, the valley floor turns a deep, bright red. The sky continues to darken revealing a full moon between the two Mittens. I stay there for quite a while and keep shooting. While none of the night photos will be picked, the location ends up being the online casino australia starting point for the creation of the album cover. – Mike Ricciardi

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