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Picture of the day - February 11, 2009

"Agathla Peak"

A beautiful photo of Arizona's wonderful Agaltha Peak.
Photo courtesy of Winston Rockwell.        (Click on the photo for a larger view)

Today's picture is yet another fine piece of work by master photographer Winston Rockwell, and as always it is simply magnificent. The following is his story behind the image:
    "Agathla Peak, or 'El Capitan' as it's sometimes called by the locals,
    is a jagged peak that rises about 1,500 feet from the desert floor
    a few miles north of the town of Kayenta, in northern Arizona. It's
    located right next to highway 163, and dominates the surrounding
    landscape as you drive north out of town on the way to Monument

    Like so many of Arizona's natural wonders, this spire is the result
    of ancient forces that shaped this landscape over eons of volcanic
    activity and erosion. Once the throat of an ancient volcano, the
    magma that formed Agathla cooled and solidified, and as the
    millennia wore on, the softer stone of the original peak eroded
    away, leaving this volcanic 'plug' standing like a sentinel above
    the surrounding landscape."
       --Winston "Rocky" Rockwell
Mr. Rockwell captured this image with a Canon 40D using a Tamron SP 17-35mm lens at 21mm, 1/100 @ f/11. You will find many more of his wonderful photographs at
Visitor Comments...
    Name: Tim Briggs
    Town: Santa Clarita, CA

    What a beautiful shot! I love the contrast between earth and sky and how the clouds emphasize the earthly structure. Well done, sir.
    Name: Phyllis Helton
    Town: Bristol, VA

    Wow!!!!! Monumental!!!!

    Name: Ron Trees
    Town: Spokane, WA

    Magnificent!!!! Rocky, I love this one! The color, the clouds and the detail all go together to make a truly inspiring photo. Well done, Ron

    Name: Fred Wainright
    Town: Altoona, PA

    My wife and I drove past Agathla Peak a couple of years ago on the way to visit Monument Valley. It looked impressive then, but Mr. Rockwell's fine photograph makes me want to return with my own camera. Amazing effort Mr. Rockwell!

    Name: Tina Arens
    Town: Chicago, IL

    Awesome shot!

    Name: Nathan Hill
    Town: Duluth, MN

    Winston Rockwell's landscapes never fail to awe me. I've been shooting as a serious amateur for over 20 years, but my work has never reached this level and I doubt that it ever will. I have always considered myself a pretty good photographer but I'm humbled by what I see on this site. I love coming here every day to check out the POTD, and Mr. Rockwell's images are always among the best of the best.

    Name: George Taylor
    Town: Amarillo, TX


    Name: Robert Schwarztrauber
    Town: Buffalo, NY

    Fabulous photo by Mr. Rockwell. The clarity of the scene and the energy from the cloud patterns and light make it seem as if you're right there in person.

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