A Building Sandstorm Behind the Two Mittens, Monument Valley, Utah

Monument Valley (meaning valley of the rocks) is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1,000 ft (300 m) above the valley floor. It is located on the Arizona-Utah state line, near the Four Corners area. The valley lies within the range of the Navajo Nation Reservation and is accessible from U.S. Highway 163.

A Building Sandstorm Behind the Two Mittens, Monument Valley, Utah

This photo is taken by Ian Shive using Canon EOS 5D

Ian Shive is a nature and conservation photographer based in Los Angeles, California and author of The National Parks: Our American Landscape. Shive also appeared in the self-produced series Wild Exposure which aired on Current TV in late-July 2009.

Shive is an emerging member of the International League of Conservation Photographers, a Washington, D.C. based conservation photography lobbyist group. Shive is a gold place recipient at the 2008 Folio Awards – Eddie’s & Ozzie’s for his National Parks magazine story Ghosts of Steamtown, and placed gold in the category of “Best Use of Photography, Association or Non-Profit.”

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