Grand Canyon from North Rim

Grand Canyon, Arizona, USA, 29th October 2014.

OK, back to posting on the Southwest Canyonlands trip.  The previous post was Antelope Canyon (Mono), which I put up four months ago.  Since then I have been to Hawaii and Boolcomatta Station and posted those images.

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Arizona, Grand Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

We turned up at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon for sunset.  I have a few more posts to follow of the Grand Canyon and I’ll say more about it in them.  For now, here are some images from that evening….

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Arizona, Grand Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Arizona, Grand Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Arizona, Grand Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Arizona, Grand Canyon, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon (Mono)

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA, 29th October 2014.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

These are some monochrome conversions of selected images of Antelope Canyon, from the previous post.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Black and White, Landscape, Monochrome, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

From here we take a break from the Canyonlands images because I am off to Hawaii.

I will make some temporary posts from Hawaii whenever possible.  After returning I will resume with the Canyonlands images and then New Orleans.  I expect final posts for Hawaii will come much later.

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Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA, 29th October 2014.

Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

In the morning we had a visit to Antelope Canyon, in Navajo land, near Page, Arizona, accompanied by a Navajo giude.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon and there are quite a few of these in this region, though many may be difficult to access.  They are narrow winding canyons, sculpted by water.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA

Flash floods are a potential issue as the flood water may come from many kilometres away.  Eleven tourists died in the lower canyon during as flash flood in 1997.  We were in the upper canyon and safety measures have improved but the issue remains.

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Antelope Canyon, Arizona, Landscape, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA .

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Monument Valley 2

Monument Valley, Utah, USA, 28th October 2014.

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The next day we arose well before sunrise to photograph the emerging dawn at Monolith Valley.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The moment of dawn, or “Morning has broken” as Cat Stevens used to say.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Now looking in the other direction, at cliffs lit up by the early morning sun.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Sill in Monument Valley, this is desert dust, not morning fog.  Local Navajo Indians live out there and the roads are open to outsiders after 8am only.   The main cause of the dust is cars driving on the dirt roads.

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A road with a spectacular view, close to Monument Valley.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The only place to take this photo is from the middle of the road and you really don’t want to argue too much with those trucks.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Now we’ve left Monument Valley and we’re close to Page, Arizona, our stop for the night.  This is Horseshoe Bend.  I could have done with better light and not so much into the sun but you make the most of what you have.  There were quite a few people at the lookout and you hang out over the cliff to get the photo with a drop of three hundred metres.  There were several people who seemed to be taking an unnecessarily cavalier attitude and a few people have occasionally fallen over the edge.  However, I opted for a safe approach. I lay back and poked the camera over the edge on the end of my tripod, taking the photo by self timer, one hand on a tripod leg and another attached to a wrist strap.  No remedy if you drop the camera (or yourself for that matter).

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

As the sun goes down and very close to Page, Arizona, this is Lake Powell, a lake created by a dam in the early 1960s.

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We were just stopped at a random place beside the road because the view was compelling and the light was just right.

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Arizona, Horseshoe Bend, Lake Powell, Landscape, Monument Valley, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

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Monument Valley 1

Monument Valley, Utah, USA, 27th October 2014.

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Heading from Arches National Park towards Monument Valley, we stopped off at Indian Hat, where there is a curious balanced rock.  This is an infrared view.

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Suddenly, a truck unexpectedly thundered along the narrow dirt road.  The sign on the side of the cabin says “Monument Resources Rock Products”.  So maybe getting a load of gravel for a road.  This may look like a normal image but actually it’s infrared.  You can get the colours to do all sorts of things.

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 Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Conversely, here is Indian Hat in natural colours.

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 Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

Now this one looks more like infrared, also beside Indian Head.  I have been separating out the infrared images in separate posts but there are only a few this time.

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Here it is.  Monument Valley.  John Wayne.  Stagecoach.  Navajo land.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

The mesas are from Permian era sandstone, originally deposited from sand dunes, eroded away over a long period of time to leave what you see.  The very top of the “monuments” are capped by triassic rocks, which would imply that the rocks between Permian and Triassic times eroded away.  However, it’s not as simple as just erosion because the whole Colorado Plateau was uplifted between 70 million and 40 million years ago, originally from sea level to 5,000 metres above.

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The shadows are lengthening.  in this case the shadows of other members of the group.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

And now the light’s getting quite low.

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Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah .

Arches National Park, Delicate Arch, Landscape, Masa Arch, Photography, Southwest Canyonlands, Travel, USA, Utah

There was a sun there, but now it’s gone.

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