Thursday, May 4, 2017

Antelope Canyon

On the way home from Durango, we took a little detour to Page, Arizona for a tour of Antelope Canyon, on the Navajo Reservation. I'd seen pictures, but they didn't compare to the real thing.

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon. It's only about six to eight feet wide, and during flash floods the water rushes through, forming these fantastic shapes in the rock. Up above, the narrow opening means the light peeks in and paints the rocks with light and shadow, changing during the day. Our tour was in the evening, so didn't have direct beams shining in.

The tour starts in Page. While we waited, a talented hoop dancer performed for us. He manipulated a series of hoops over and around his body as he danced to the beat of a drum. Then they loaded us into the back of pickups and off we went to the canyon. 

Look up
Petrified waves
Like clouds, the forms of the rocks often seem to contort themselves into recognizable patterns and surreal shapes.

It's humbling to think of the millions of years it took to build up the rock, and then for the water to wear it away once again. 

Outside the canyon
Light and shadow

Can you see the bird?
I can almost make out faces in the outcrops.
I like the color contrast here.

Reverse cave

If you're in the area, maybe to see the Grand Canyon, Antelope Canyon is worth a visit, if only to exercise your imagination.

What shapes do you see?

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  1. Love the pictures! I'm planning a visit to AZ in the fall, I'm going to add this to my list of places to visit. Thanks for sharing :)

  2. I really enjoyed it. The tour doesn't last too long, so take lots of pictures because you don't have time for reflection during your visit. They say midday tours get the best light shaft photos.

    Where else are you planning to visit? The Grand Canyon and Sedona I hope?

    1. Both are on my list. There are a few specific places I want to see; but mostly I like to drive around and see where the road takes me. Also, I have family in Phoenix and Tucson... I'm sure they'll have plenty of suggestions for me once I get out there.

    2. I know you'll have a great time, and I think you're very wise to wait until fall. IMHO, summer in Phoenix is to be avoided whenever possible. Preferably by spending it in Alaska.