Death Valley California Desert Tree
If you want to buy this photo, you can here. This picture was taken in September 2012 on a scorching hot day in the sand dunes in Death Valley, CA. The thermometer was reading a sweat inducing 113 degrees Fahrenheit (something that us Brits never experience at home!). There is an incredible rugged beauty in this shot – showing that life, however sparse at times – can and does exist in adverse conditions. We loved the sharp edges of the tree against the smooth curves of the sand dunes, with the tree spiking the perfect blue sky with its sharp branches.
Chinle, AZ Sunrise
You can buy this photograph here. We had decided to take a detour from driving Route 66 as we didn’t want to miss seeing Monument Valley as we were in this part of the world. So we stayed overnight in Chinle, AZ. We arrived as the sun was going down and it got pretty dark pretty quick. We had dashed off to try and see some of the Canyon de Chelly before the sun set, and then went straight back for a meal in the hotel restaurant.
As a result, we had this beautiful surprise to wake up to. This was the view from our hotel window as we got up early for breakfast the following morning. It was a very cold morning – there had been a frost although it was still only September – and the sun was just peeking through this tree.
The picture still reminds of the stillness of that morning before we started the craziness of that day (driving north to Monument Valley, then on to Four Corners, then back south west to Flagstaff, AZ. It was a beautiful start to an incredible day (our view to end the day was at the Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, gazing at distant star clusters through powerful telescopes – for a space fanatic, it doesn’t get much better than that!).
Monument Valley Panorama
You can buy a 5ft canvas of this picture (12 x 60 inches) here. This iconic image was taken (obviously) at Monument Valley in Utah. It was such a gorgeous day – the sky seemed to go on forever, and for Brits, this kind of scenery is utterly alien to us! Made famous by many Westerns over the years (they even had a John Wayne section in the gift shop!), once again we were in awe of something so familiar, yet unfamiliar – so…American! Words are beyond me trying to describe this place – we took so many pictures, but the panoramic is the only one that does it any justice whatsoever.
Note that the quality you see is much better on the final product – this is a low resolution image to allow it to fit on the page.
Route 66 into the distance in California
You can buy this photo here. We were driving in the desert for what felt like a long time. We stopped off to stretch our legs and look at the ‘stone graffiti’ that lines the roadside. Darren took this shot of Route 66 stretching out west towards our journey’s end. I love this image – the open road. It speaks of possibility and purpose, direction and discovery, anticipation and adventure. All the things the road was made for!