Thursday, January 29, 2015

Red Rock Country Fences


If you drive up Utah Highway 163 from Monument Valley to Mexican Hat and Bluff you see fences go along the highway on both sides. Just what are they fencing in? This is vast land where nothing much grows - desert. However, perhaps the fence shall keep the sheep away from the road; we didn't see any sheep, though, but I do think they are here (like those Navajo-Churro sheep). In the winter there aren't many cars here, but during the summer months it must be quite crowded with tourists.


This was Christmas Day morning, and we were practically alone on the road. In the distance you can see the mesas, buttes and spires that are so typical for Monument Valley. We had been there the day before, but now we wanted to visit the Valley of the Gods and drive up Cedar Mesa afterwards.


It is not the most welcoming landscape; however, it holds a certain fascination and the red color is just amazing.


It was an overcast day when the sun cast accents in the landscape, illuminating the mesas in the distance.


To the other side it looked quite different - this is the view of Valley of the Gods from the highway. A rough desert landscape where the sun and clouds were chasing each other - but that's a story for another post.


I'm linking up with Theresa's "Good Fences".


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27 comments:

eileeninmd said...

Gorgeous landscapes and lovely views.. I believe I have been on this road, I remember seeing the awesome monuments. Wonderful photos, thanks for sharing your trip! Have a happy day!

111 LaLa Lane said...

Gorgeous photos, Carola. I saw a program on TV the other day about the indians living in Monument Valley. The women were cooking a sheep. They cut it's head off and charred it in a fire to remove the wool and then they wrapped it in foil, placed it in a hole in the ground and covered with dirt first then hot coals. I was a little disgusted by it, but it must be some sort of delicacy for them.

Rose said...

What beautiful shots...it is so different from here. I really enjoyed seeing these!

EG CameraGirl said...

It looks so magical to me, so different from where I live!

TexWisGirl said...

the colors, the terrain, so beautiful! thanks for sharing these lovely views!

Karen S. said...

Breath taking views, especially your last shot. I really this terrain, it's so beautiful to roam about too! Such peace can be found there.

Amy Burzese said...

The last shot is awesome! That is one place I would truly love to see in person.

ifthethunderdontgetya™³²®© said...

Great pics...It is beautiful country.

I remember stopping by the roadside and crawling under one of those fences. I wanted to climb up a nearby rock/hill and take some pictures.
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Jutta.K said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog.
The photos show a totally foreign territory for me, what a vast country.
great shots !
♥ly greetings from germany

Jutta.K said...

Da habe ich wieder nicht richtig hingesehen, mein Kommentar wäre ja auch in deutscher Sprache möglich gewesen
;-)
LG

Ida said...

Fabulous scenery. What gorgeous countryside. It does make you wonder about the need for fences but I bet you are right about there being some type of live stock there.

Margaret Adamson said...

What a magnificent landscape.

Susan said...

Magnificent country Carola. Those rich colours are fabulous.
Great fence shots too.

Your cards are delightful!
Cheers now :D)

Elephant's Child said...

How very beautiful. It doesn't look forgiving country - but is magnificent.
Perhaps the fences are to ensure that the buttes, the mesas and the spires don't walk...

Jeanne said...

Your shots are awesome and have to say that I think that monument valley is the most amazing place ever. Beautiful capatures

Barb said...

Fabulous photos of an area I've driven through many times.

Felicia said...

it is a gorgeous country in its own way.

wonderful fences too.

windrock studio said...

Stunning images ... you somehow make it look welcoming.

Magic Love Crow said...

Breath taking! I always love your photos!

Chandra said...

The fences and the mountains in the back are beautiful. I love the beautiful rich soil also.
Thank you for stopping by my blog.
Have a Beautiful Day!
Peace :)

John's Island said...

Hi Carola, 5 stars on these photos. Hard to pick a favorite, but the first one is a calendar scene for sure. Thanks for sharing.

Pamela Gordon said...

That is such gorgeous scenery! Fantastic photos. I wonder if the fences are to keep people from wandering off and getting lost too.

Knipsa Passtscho said...

Hallo Carola, bin wieder dabei :)
Da ist zwar nicht viel zu sehen auf den Bildern, da hast Du schon recht. Aber ich finde diese Landschaft großartig, mir gefallen auch die Farben :)
Und das letzte Bild ist mein absoluter Favorit, sowas mag ich besonders gern :))
Hab einen feinen Tag
【ツ】Knipsa

Ruth Kelly said...

Now who is going to look at fences with those wonderful views in the background.

Miss Val's Creations said...

Gorgeous landscape! My dad and brothers went to Monument Valley when I was a little girl, but I have yet to see it myself. It is definitely on my list!

Gunn said...

Great images and what a great place!

Maria Ontiveros said...

I love that third photo.
And the last one.
Rinda