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N 40 B 4.6K C 18 E Jul 18, 2007 F Nov 22, 2006
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Sunset over the Grand Canyon. This is one of my photos that everybody thinks is fake. It's not. I was lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time. The sky looked like this for all of 30 seconds. The orange sky in the center is an approaching rainstorm on the other side of the canyon.

Tags:   Mike Jones photo professional photographer landscape scenic nature Grand Canyon national park Arizona sunrise sunset dawn dusk twilight clouds sky mountains

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Still working on photos from Sedona (and everyplace else I visited last summer)

This is one of the first rock formations you see as you enter Sedona from the south. As you approach this, you realize you are heading into someplace amazing.

Tags:   6-10 2787 www.mikejonesphoto.com Smith-Southwestern Mike Jones photo landscape scenic nature professional photographer Arizona AZ sedona

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This is from my visit to Monument Valley last month. These sand dunes made a fantastic foreground for these amazing rock formations.

Tags:   12-10 5351 www.mikejonesphoto.com Smith-Southwestern Mike Jones photo landscape scenic nature professional photographer Arizona AZ Utah UT

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I've been in Monument Valley, Arizona for the past few days. I really love that place. This was from my first morning there when I woke up to the most incredible sky. This is a really classic view of Monument Valley. Ford's Point.

Tags:   11-10 5263 Fords Point www.mikejonesphoto.com Smith-Southwestern Mike Jones photo landscape scenic nature professional photographer Arizona AZ utah UT BRAVO

N 91 B 11.9K C 96 E Dec 3, 2010 F Dec 5, 2010
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This is without question, one of the most obscure places I have ever visited. I had never even heard of this arch until a few months ago when my friend David in Texas showed me a photo he had found of it. He had no idea where it was and information on it is nearly nonexistent, but I HAD to find it. He found some info online on approximately where it was located. I don't know if it has an official name. I have also heard it called 'Thanksgiving Arch', because the light is only really nice on it the week of Thanksgiving. I did a search on flickr for both 'Eggshell Arch', and 'Thanksgiving Arch', and found NOT ONE photo of this on all of flickr! Well… Last week was Thanksgiving. I am Back in Arizona. So… I had to find it.

It's on an Indian reservation. I wasn't supposed to be there, but I snuck in.

A lot of time went into this shot. A lot of time figuring out where it was and how to get there. It's only about four miles from a paved road. But it's four miles on a maze of NASTY rough roads. Nasty is an understatement. This was some of the most hardcore 4x4 driving I have ever done, and I have lots of new scratches on my truck to show for it. Some sections of the road were soft sand, covered with ice. Some sections were really rough slick rock. Those were the good parts. The rest of the road really sucked! There were about two dozen forks in the road. A GPS doesn't really help you if you're on a tiny little dirt road that is not on any known map. So… I come to a fork in the road. I have to guess… Left, or right? If I guess wrong, it leads to either a dead end, or somebody's back yard.

It took two attempts. The first day, after an hour and a half of going round in circles on the maze of roads, I got out and tried to find it on foot. No luck. The sun set. It started to get dark. I bailed out and left. The next day, I made my second attempt. After a couple hours of bouncing around and scraping up against shrubbery, and then a short hike… SUCCESS! It was a little overcast. The light wasn't great. But... I got a shot.

So… Altogether. This shot took about 4-6 hours of research online. about 9 hours of driving (both days combined). A couple hours of hiking. And about an hour I was actually shooting.

This really was one of the most absolutely amazing things I have ever seen. This arch is easily 200-300 feet across. The drop underneath the arch is probably over 1000 feet.

Tags:   12-10 5408 www.mikejonesphoto.com Smith-Southwestern Mike Jones photo landscape scenic nature professional photographer Arizona AZ Egg Shell Arch Thanksgiving Arch


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