The base of a glacier is hardly pristine. It is filled with a lot of dirty snow and ice, especially around the time of "breakup." It was getting close to dusk when I stopped at the base of the Worthington Glacier, walked up to an overlook, and ventured to capture some of the contrast. The setting sun was coloring up the clouds a bit, as can be seen in the reflection on the water.
Although it was Spring, Robe Lake, just outside of Valdez, was still frozen over. I was in Valdez for a business trip and, after work, went out sightseeing. The time was around 7 p.m. The mysterious mood created by the mist was enhanced later on when about a dozen bald eagles showed up in the evergreen trees on the other side and began calling out with gull-like sounds.
After leaving Monument Valley proper, heading back into Arizona, I pulled over to the side of the road to capture the immense sky, with its deep blue color punctuated by the puffy white clouds. Summer in the Southwest... it's hard to go wrong photographically.
We spent a few days in northern New Mexico during July, 2004. Many places in the Southwest have afternoon thunderstorms (unlike southern California) just about every day during the Summer. This particular day the thunderstorms were occurring to the north and at higher elevations.