John & Anne Wiley

2014/05/22

Antelope Canyon

So keep in mind that on this single day we flew over three very magical areas around Page and also hiked two of them. As you might imagine, we have some pix we like from that day. Here are just a few of the ones I like a lot from our hike through Lower Antelope Canyon, though none really begin to capture what it looks like much less the impact of being there.

7110 Into Antelope Canyon

7110 Into Antelope Canyon

It’s quite challenging to get pix that capture the range of light, from deep shadows to bright sunlight. But this one looking up the canyon from the entrance area near the top of the stairs gives at least an impression. It looked pretty mysterious and deep, and a few people worried aloud about claustrophobia and how narrow it might be in places. Here’s a look down into the entrance, with the bottom of the metal stairs visible.

7108 Down Into The Earth

7108 Down Into The Earth

Descending was quite enchanting, and I noticed that nearly everyone grew quietly reverent. After setting foot on the sandy bottom, everyone seemed to me quite relaxed with any misgivings completely forgotten. Though it’s quite deep, the bottom is mostly much wider than the top. The walls are luminous with light reflected down the narrow upper channels making the bottom seem almost lit from within.

7214 Dream Cave

7214 Dream Cave

It’s a dream cave. Light, dry, airy, smelling of clean sand, and delightful to touch. Also a photographer’s dream, with so many views like this. Most people in our small group were snapping a lot, but a few just strolled in silence and some like me did both.

7281 Textures

7281 Textures

Most of us moved very slowly, because around every turn you could get very different and evocative perspectives just by turning your head or moving a few inches. We were art lovers in an exceptional gallery.

7242 Perspective 1

7242 Perspective 1

Shifting your perspective would also make the camera see the same spot differently, due to how the settings would change. This is basically the same spot, for example.

7251 Perspective 2

7251 Perspective 2

In a few places you could catch glimpses of the sky, and tilting the camera straight up could give the impression of looking horizontally at a mountain range with sunlight falling on some rock faces and reflected light bringing a glow to others.

7395 Looking Up

7395 Looking Up

Some of the shapes were just so magical. I don’t recall now whether this was looking up, down or through the passage.

7605 Random Orientation

7605 Random Orientation

It’s interesting to me how taking pix both puts me more in the moment, and less. In looking for and snapping pix, the eye Notices and Attends more. Pix also provide an instant window back into the Moment, even years later. Yet I was always glad to lower the camera, breathe it all in, caress the walls with hand and eye, allow imagination to blossom, and even close my eyes. Thank you, Zubair, for placing this hour into the earth and out of time high on our agenda for the trip.

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