Antelope Canyon's fascinating sandstone rocks are formed by flash floods which, mixed with desert sands, polish the slot canyon's walls. The mid-day sun's rays fight to reach the floor of the cavern, casting beams of light into the dust kicked up by tourists. The swirling red sandstone rocks above take on new shapes and colors as the day progresses.
While this was among the top places on my photo bucket list, I was a little disappointed at the sheer number of tourists allowed in the canyon at once. Rob, our Navajo guide, said that the canyon can see about 1600 people each day. The walk is about a quarter mile long and ranges from 10 feet wide at the entrance to a slim 3 feet near the end. This becomes real a challenge with several groups of photographers planting tripods and hundreds of tourists staring upwards attempting to catch a blurry image with their iPad. At one point I joked that the rarest photographs are the ones of the floor.
Despite the moment's chaos, I was able to capture what I feel is the spirit of the sacred Navajo lands. I hope you find a peace and tranquility amongst the waves of sandstone rocks. If you look long enough your mind can wander from your day's tasks. What other shapes do you see? A figure? A mountain range? Try turning your head to the side and see what else you discover!
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