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Shiprock Sunset

Posted by
B. Thomas (Arlington, Texas, United States) on 13 April 2012 in Landscape & Rural.

The Shiprock, rising 1,583 above the high-desert plain on the Navajo Nation in San Juan County, New Mexico is the remnant of an explosive volcanic eruption that occurred around 30 million years ago.

It is a sacred site for the Navajo, whose mythology says the rock was once a giant bird that brought their ancestors to the area. The Navajo call it Tse Bitai, or "rock with wings."

Shiprock is one of the most prominent landmarks in northwestern New Mexico. Some say it looks like a ship on a desert sea when viewed from a distance.

NIKON D5000 1/640 second F/13.0 ISO 200 82 mm (35mm equiv.)

Hiro from Kyoto, Japan

Wonderful sunset !!

13 Apr 2012 10:03am

Jason Politte from Conway, AR, United States

Very nice - love the strong silhouette created by the rock. Well done, Barbara!

13 Apr 2012 10:59am

Eric Cousineau from Sherwood Park, Canada

What a wonderfully powerful shot Barbara! Beautiful warm and cool contrasts! Nicely captured! ;-)

13 Apr 2012 11:25am

tataray from france, France

Un mélange extra. Excellente prise.))

13 Apr 2012 12:36pm

Joyce from United States

Gorgeous, mysterious capture and frame, Barbara.

13 Apr 2012 3:14pm

Slackwater - Don from Spokane, United States

A fine shot of this remarkable landmark rock. You also got a beautiful sky for a background. Well done.

13 Apr 2012 3:26pm

Thierry Pouleur from anseremme, Belgium

superbe photo, bravo 5*****

13 Apr 2012 4:16pm

Jerry from Aberdeen, United States

I've actually seen this rock from a distance and my first impression was that it was floating out in the desert, it was rather eerie. I later learned about its folk lore.

13 Apr 2012 5:14pm

franz from Baden, Austria

absolutely WOW !!!

13 Apr 2012 7:32pm

Isidro from Barcelona, Spain


13 Apr 2012 7:40pm

LauraS from Chico, United States

Love your shot with perfect time of day lighting. Great sky.

13 Apr 2012 8:55pm

Don Levesque from Saint John, Canada

Beautiful capture! Love how the mountains are silhouetted against a gorgeous sky.

13 Apr 2012 9:32pm

B.Sully from Surf City, United States

Nice silhouette! I love the colors, what a contrast to the bleached out daytime desert!

14 Apr 2012 2:19am

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Terrific shot.

14 Apr 2012 4:35pm

fereshteh from tehran, Iran

good scene

21 Apr 2012 2:10pm

Philou04 from Manosque, France

Nice sunset and hill silhouette. Thanks for your geographic and historic explanations.

23 Apr 2012 9:22pm

1/640 second
ISO 200
82 mm (35mm equiv.)