Seen from the visitor center, the two mirror-image mittens form the classical panorama of Monument Valley. Pictured on all the postcards they have bocome a visual cliche. The images below are a growing collection, shot at different times of year, day and night, and lighting conditions, that attempt to capture new interpretations of this unique pair of formations.
Twice a year the setting sun aligns to cast a shadow of the West Mitten onto its complimentary partner. But, how about a photo of the shadow that also includes the full moon rising to the side of the Mittens? That should have occurred on September 7 or 8th, 2014. I was there, but the remains of hurricane Norbert produced a completely overcast sky: no shadow, no moon! The next opportunity is Sept 13-15, 2016. Not quite a perfect alignment as the moon will be a little high at the time of optimal shadow, but worth trying. Maybe I will see you there?