Long Time Gone

Sunset from an unnamed ruin at Wupatki National Monument. Volcanic cinder cones on the horizon offer clues as to why the people who once inhabited the hundreds of pueblos in this area suddenly disappeared 900 years ago.

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Celestial Sycamore Canyon

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After the sun set, I positioned my camera/tripod on the edge of the canyon and put together this composition. I took a few exposures of the canyon in the fading twilight, turned off the camera, and went back to my Jeep for dinner. After dinner and a couple of beverages, I returned to the spot on the canyon’s rim where I had left my camera. By this time, the night sky was filled with millions of stars. I took several 20 – 30 second exposures. This shot is a combination of the canyon exposure at dusk (which I darkened to make more realistic) and the star exposure that I liked best. The light pollution on the horizon is probably either Sedona or Cottonwood. While processing the shot I counted six shooting stars (in a 30 second exposure).

Sacred Solitude

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This seldom visited northern Arizona canyon stretches across some very desolate country. Up top, along the rim, is Navajo land. If you somehow find a way to reach the valley below, you’re on Hopi land. The solitude and sunset that I experienced was well worth the price of the permit required to visit this location. Even though it was a holiday weekend, I had the spot to myself…

Wukoki Sunrise #72

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I finally had an opportunity to create some new images over the holiday weekend. Wupatki National Monument is a “go to” sunrise location whenever I get a chance to head north for a few days, and the Wukoki Pueblo is probably my favorite site there. I arrived while it was still dark, hoping to take some photos of the Milky Way over the ruins. Storm clouds above canceled that plan, so I spent some time wandering around the site while I waited for the sun to rise. When it finally began to get light, the sky turned an eerie shade of orange and the landscape took on a soft, warm glow. I’ve been to this spot many times over the past 10 years, but these were the most interesting conditions I’d ever seen there.

Life From The Cinders

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The first rays of sunlight caress the few plants that manage to live on the volcanic cinders of Sunset Crater National Monument.

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The Clearing

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I’ve lived in Arizona for 13 years now, yet I’d never had the good fortune to be at the Grand Canyon during or after a snow storm until recently. This shot was captured just as the storm was just beginning to move out.

Sunrise at Sunset Point

This past September, I spent a week exploring Capitol Reef National Park and some of the surrounding area. This shot was captured at an area named Sunset Point. Ironically, it was taken at sunrise!
Thanks for looking, and if you’re ever interested in purchasing a print of any of the photographs featured here, please contact me at mcapurso@cox.netIMG_2032

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