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The Drive Home 3

Mitchell Butte

Monument Valley, Arizona

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... And where are you when the sun goes down
You're so far away from me...

 

 

The Drive Home 3

Mitchell Butte

Monument Valley, Arizona

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... And where are you when the sun goes down
You're so far away from me...

 

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Not in United States
  • 31 May 2017, 00:45
Queue music for "Close Encounters of the Third Kind".

Actually...I like the Dire Straits that you provided...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Definitely a resemblance... and I suspect created by the same forces. Devil's Tower is a volcanic plug, and Mitchell Butte looks like it would be also. The main difference between the two is of size... little Mitchell rises a mere 400 feet of it's valley floor... Devil's Tower rises 1,200 feet above it's valley floor and over 800 feet from it's base. My high school swim coach climbed it over 200 times... sometimes twice in a day, and once in 20 minutes. Great guy - he was National Swim Coach of the Year in 1984. His daughter was the youngest female to climb Devil's Tower (at the time, at age 10). Later, she and a group of Coach's friends carried his ashes to the top of Devil's Tower to rest forever (or, knowing Wyoming as I do - be blown off it!). Last year, we all voted to name the new swim pool after him. So there's a bunch of trivia you didn't ask for! Thanks for the trip down memory lane... smile

And yes - that is one of Dire Straits best, I think!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 31 May 2017, 04:43
This is a wonderful picture and thank you for the reply you gave Ray. What a history that Mitchell Butte has and can you imagine climbing that at such young age..
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Astrid!
Oh I didn't mean to confuse the issue... I was just rambling on, spurred by memories of growing up in Wyoming. It's actually Devil's Tower in Wyoming that I'd gone on and on about! Mitchell Butte is just a third the size of Devil's Tower... and I can find little to no information about it. Probably because it's on Navajo Land, and is a lesser known formation in Monument Valley- than say, to the "Mittens" or "Three Sisters". Coach Kopischka and his daughter frequented Devil's Tower - a massive volcanic plug in the north east corner of Wyoming, and our Nations first National Monument. Funny- I grew up in one of the country's coldest states, and now live one of the hottest! smile
The stories that are told could fill a boat, Elizabeth, I'm sure. Talk about "outstanding in its field!" smile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: So true, Ginnie! I hadn't thought about all that in a while. I remember telling Frank about it, but can't say when... Yes, Coach Kopischka was certainly the guy... incredible athlete, a very KIND person as well... everyone loved him.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 31 May 2017, 06:28
Vast isn't it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: That's a good word for it.
  • Lisl
  • Bath, England
  • 31 May 2017, 07:01
That is very imposing, Elizabeth - good to see it by itself
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Truly! Thank you, Lisl!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 31 May 2017, 07:08
This mountain looks like the throne of Gods.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: And there's no one to argue that it isn't! Thank you, Philine!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 31 May 2017, 07:58
"Mitchell Butte" sounds like an lawyer - "Mitchell Butte Associates". A beautiful landscape.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I believe I recall reading that Mitchell was a prospector who discovered silver in the area... and was killed by the Ute...
Some things are better left unknown... :-(
Thank you, Alan!
A bit like some grand chimney Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: And that's what it is, I suppose - sort of... as a volcanic plug...
Yes, quite a piece of sandstone. Amazing how all over the world sandstone creates 'monuments'.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a wonderous thing!
Big beauty...It looks good isolated like that.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, My Love!
Ah Dire Straits ....saw them at the NEC in Birmingham. It was the first concert we took the kids to.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I love some of their stuff... especially this song!
I'm sure this is one of the 'monuments' that regularly was in cowboy westerns. I've never forgiven myself for not going to see Dire Straits in concert, they were the tops for me, but in their day both our kids were very young and we had nobody to leave them with as our parents lived over 100 miles away.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Probably so... but I never watched those westerns, so I couldn't say!
I'm sure it was more rewarding to be with your kids... smile
Lovely stuff from the Georgie lad, Mark Knopfler
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Yes, sir!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 31 May 2017, 21:50
You get lost for superlatives seeing landscapes like this. A great picture Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: We do, Anne... we have... Thank you!
Monument Valley rewards the long shot...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Truly - one of those places!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 4 Jun 2017, 21:30
Incredible formation that rises up from the ground!! Great capture!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it wonderful! thank you!
Steven.... I've been unable to go to your site off & on for some time - I get an error that says it's not been configured properly and it's not secure. Sometimes I can get it, sometimes I can't. Just FYI - don't know if it's my computer or...
Cheers

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