Saturday, May 7, 2011

Antelope Slot Canyon

The last stop on our tour was Antelope Slot Canyon, a place of light and shadow I had long wished to visit.
This in on the Navajo Nation and can only be visited with a Navajo guide.  It's a place that cries for HDR processing so for the rest of these images I took my RAW file, made +2 and -2 images in the RAW converter and then used tone compressor in Photomatix.
Several Navajo companies have rights to lead tours here so it is very crowded.  You can get a longer tour that allows you to set up a tripod but that wasn't an option for us.  The companies each have other slot canyons they can visit which are less crowded but again, that wasn't an option for our group.
You could get an unobstructed view by looking up.
Our guide knew all the tricks, he showed us this heart shaped slot.
He threw sand on this ledge for a "sandfall".

Find more shadows at Shadow Shot Sunday, hosted for us by Tracy in Brisbane.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Glorious -- incredible photography. And definitely one place in that area that we haven't visited. How lucky you were to do so and thank you so much for sharing it with us.

LauraX said...

Wow Martha...that third shot is my a mystical gateway into another world!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Such dazzling beauty!

(With apologies to Robert Louis Stevenson)

I had a little shadow
No bigger than my thumb;
I took him to the meadow
And there I gave him rum.

My drunken little shadow
Did weave and bob and pitch;
He stumbled from the meadow
And fell into a ditch!

© 2011 by Magical Mystical Teacher

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Sylvia K said...

What a breathtaking place!! And your photos are awesome! You've captured some incredible showers for the day! Hope your weekend is off to a great start, Martha! Enjoy!


Ralph said...

The rocks are formed into cool shapes - the views almost seem like a painting that has a swirly abstract pattern. And that shade of red is artistic, and different. What an amazing place, rock outside and style within...

MyMaracas said...

What a majestic place. And I am captivated by the idea of a sandfall.

trav4adventures said...

Ohhhhh....I've always wanted to visit this canyon!

Barb said...

These are fabulous, Martha. The stone looks so silky with its mingled colors.

Kay L. Davies said...

I've seen photos of this canyon only once before, Martha, and it's wonderful to see it again. I really want to visit there.
Exquisite shots of an amazing place!
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Dianne said...

the colors are amazing!!
what a wondrous place

Spiderdama said...

Amazing! What a wonderful place and so are your pictures. I love them!:-)

katney said...

I think I've seen information about thsi when we have stayed in Page. Another addition to the bucket list.

Linda Reeder said...

I have seen photos of this place, but I didn't know how I could even see it. Maybe I can after all.
Wonderful photos of an amazing place.

chubskulit said...

Beautiful shadow shot.

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Gaelyn said...

I so enjoyed Antelope Canyon but did find the tour a bit crowded. Most of my photos didn't come out well except for the one the guide took. I've been in other unguided slot canyons that were just as nice. Your photos bring back memories.

Amila Kanchana said...

This reminds me of 127 Hours! An exciting place to visit!

HOOTIN' ANNI said...

Indescribably incredible!!!!

Sand Shadows and Seaweed

Above is my link to today's post, if you care to join me. Happy Sunday.

Anonymous said...

Absolutely gorgeous.

Fotobloggen 2011 said...

looks amaring, beautiful with the sun shining through. don't know if I'd dare going down there though..

thanks for commenting!

Janie said...

I've never been there. Your photos are fantastic! What an amazing place.

Kaori said...

I've seen this place on TV before! It must have been such a great experience! Wow.

Leovi said...

Very impressive, the pure beauty and natural.