butte

BUTTE - MONUMENT VALLEY. Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park is famous for its buttes, which is French for "small hill". They are formed by the erosion of the softer rock around it that is worn away. The lowest layer is shale, the middle layer is sandstone and the top layer is siltstone. The blue-gray color comes from manganese oxide. The red color of the sand comes from the iron oxide in the siltstone. This photograph was shot with a 4x5 view camera with 90mm lens on color negative film. I scanned the film and used Adobe Photoshop to adjust the final image.

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