America by Air: A Monumental Scene

Editor’s Note: This article previously appeared in a different format as part of The Atlantic’s Notes section, retired in 2021.

Just wow:

Jimmy Rollison

The photographer, Jimmy, also has few words for this spectacular scene over Monument Valley:

All I can say about this photo is: As only can be seen from a small airplane.

Update: Monument Valley straddles Utah and Arizona, so I asked Jimmy which side he was on:

Utah. I had departed Cortez, Colorado, heading for Page, Arizona.

He sends another stunning photo from that trip:

Jimmy Rollison

I always wanted to view Lake Powell from above but not the 36,000’ view of my normal work. Only Lake Powell!

[This America by Air series is a] GREAT IDEA!!!  I have never shared a photo, as I thought no one would appreciate what I see. Thank you again for bringing this into the eyes of the public.

Our eyes are smiling.