Thursday, March 10, 2011

Antelope Slot Canyon

IMG_1446There are experiences and places that will forever be etched into your memory.  The Antelope Slot Canyon is a place I will always remember.  It is one of the most beautiful natural sights I have ever seen.  When you walk into the narrow opening of the canyon, the ethereal light reflects off the golden, burnished walls making them glow.  The sides are smooth from the rushing water that often races through the canyon during a rain storm.   The wave-like curves bend and ripple creating a sensuous feel as you weave through the canyon.  The way becoming narrower and narrower as you walk deeper into the rock chamber.

DSC_0135 (5)The canyon is located on the Navajo Reservation and visitors are required to hire a Navajo guide.  Our guide, Josh with Antelope Slot Canyon Tours, was not only a talented photographer, but an accomplished musician.  At certain stops in the canyon, Josh would play his original songs on a wooden flute.  The gentle notes echoed off the walls with perfect acoustical balance.

IMG_1435Before entering the slot, Josh was able to instruct us on the appropriate camera setting for the canyon—low light, no flash.  The flash will actually reflect back the sand crystals in the rocks, destroying your picture.  The only negative is you must have a steady hand to avoid getting a  blurry picture.   It looks like I am holding a flame in the picture to the right.

Incredible day.  A must see if you visit Lake Powell.


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  1. This is a spot that is high on my list of places to see, hopefully next year. Your photos are beautiful.

  2. Such a gorgeous place, it's hard to take a bad picture. You will want to go early in the year (March is good). We heard the canyon gets incredibly crowded in late spring and summer.


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