John & Anne Wiley

2014/05/20

Three Invitations

In sharing a few more of my 300+ pix from those few breathtaking minutes flying from L41 to PGA, I’m recalling the three invitations we received. Primarily from Marble Canyon itself, with scenes like this where colors and shapes flooded our senses.

6941 Shades & Shapes

6941 Shades & Shapes

The sinuous sand bars, greens and reflections of the river dancing with incredible stone forms. Even the ripples of a boat awakened magic here.

6971 Wake Floating

6971 Wake Floating

So it was that we turned back to take another quick tour of the river bends and saw again in the haze below, the L41 airport where we’d just lifted off not ten minutes ago.

6923 So Near L41

6923 So Near L41

An earlier invitation had come from the much smaller Paria River that intrigued us branching toward the northwest even sooner after takeoff from L41. What might we see there with a few minutes’ flight off course to PGA?

6889 Paria off Colorado

6889 Paria off Colorado

The third major invitation we had to detour or to return for a deeper gaze into wonderments, was from slot canyons.

6939 Slot Into CO

6939 Slot Into CO

Many like this one opened into the Colorado River, inviting the eye to wander quietly up the dry red sandy stream bed. From up here doing that felt safer than on foot, wondering if there were a sudden downpour somewhere upstream and unknown until a rumble announced an impending flash flood. But in those cool walls next to the great river, we imagined a serene calm.

7049 Three Paths

7049 Three Paths

Just before landing at PGA though, we passed over deep slot canyons far from the river that invited us to explore Antelope Canyon the next day as we’d been planning. I can barely wait to share some pix of that day, because we eagerly accepted all three invitations!

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