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 was Sept 15, 2016. Not quite a perfect alignment as the shadow was not fully aligned before the sun set and the moon rose. September 2019 provides the next alignment. Maybe I will see you there??