Whether you’ve been there in person or seen it in pictures, the classic formations of Monument Valley are familiar silhouettes of the American West. But travel with a Navajo guide and you venture off familiar roads to experience the land they call Tsé Biiʼ Ndzisgaii, Valley of the Rocks. At the end of a day spent tracking living myth and mystery through the sands of Monument Valley, we scramble up red rock to find a Tear Drop’s view of the sun setting on Eagle Butte.
For a wider view of the valley, see Tear Drop of Monument Valley

Tear Drop Arch, Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, Arizona & Utah, USA
Canon EOS 40D with Canon EF 28-135 f/3.5-5.6L IS USM lens
Focal length 41mm, ISO 100, 1/100 sec at f/9
Manfrotto 190CX3 tripod with Arcatech ballhead

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During an unexpected chance to experience Africa, a seed was planted. Nurtured by subsequent forays into wild places, this photographer was born.

Jacques Cousteau said “People protect what they love.” And we’ve all heard that “A picture is worth a thousand words.” So, enough with this. My photography says the rest. Thanks for listening.

Sylvia J. Zarco
aka Owed to Nature

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  • Owed to Nature
    Owed to Naturealmost 2 years ago


  • lorilee
    lorileealmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous image!!!

  • Thank you Lorilee! Our guide talked about “Tear Drop” all day. Seeing it more than lived up to our expectation. ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • JanT
    JanTalmost 2 years ago

    Stunning shot, Sylvia. Such sublime beauty.

  • Thank you Jan. Monument Valley is really a special land that (at least for me) has an unearthly mystery to the land. Seeing it through the eyes of a Navajo Guide really made that mystery come alive. So pleased I can now share it with you. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Albert
    Albertalmost 2 years ago

    Fabulous image!!!

  • Thank you Albert! It’s a fantastic place where sunlight paints amazing things. …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • LadyThegn
    LadyThegnalmost 2 years ago

    Brilliant work Sylvia!

  • Thank you so very much! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • CanyonWind
  • So many Thanks and much appreciation for your Features!!! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

  • Larry Trupp
    Larry Truppalmost 2 years ago

    WONDERFUL capture

  • Thank You Larry!

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  • artwhiz47
    artwhiz47almost 2 years ago

    Every one of these shots is a gem, Sylvia. Excellent!

  • Oh thank you so much Sheila! Though, truth be told, when I have a hard time picking one photo over the other, I’ll upload both to see what feedback tells me. So, though you don’t help me one bit to make a choice, even more I greatly appreciate and welcome your comments! ;-)

    – Owed to Nature

  • dgscotland
    dgscotlandalmost 2 years ago

    Just an awesome image Sylvia.

    Click the banner to take you to the group. Your work is welcome here and please enjoy it.

  • Always such a pleasure to get your welcome and comments on images that hold great memories for me. Thank you Derek!

    – Owed to Nature

  • Adam Le Good
    Adam Le Goodalmost 2 years ago

    Wonderful framing. Nicely done

  • Many Thanks Adam! This is a wonderful arch. With the landscape of Monument in the distance, each change in position yields a different “framed” view of the scenery. This one is my favorite. Glad you like it too! …Sylvia

    – Owed to Nature

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