Picture was shot with an iPhone 4S and then edited with Snapseed and resized in Photoshop CS5
Beauty is all around out in the Grand Canyon south of the Utah Border. You take a dirt road from Colorado City, 67 miles across the rugged Arizona Strip before getting to this spot. The dirt road is so primitive that a lot of people are not willing to take the risk. This area is a hot sport for serious landscape photographers who are familiar with the Southwest. I photographed this with an emphasis on the porous sandstone bathed in early morning light.
Corn is an important staple and somewhat of a backbone for the Navajo People. It’s considered to play an important role to the creation of humanity and is apart of the origin of the Navajo people who call themselves the Dineh people. This corn was photographed in a traditional Navajo Home (hogan) with permission.
Thanks to the Supai people and their land, we have one of the most precious gemstones in all of the Southwest, Mooney Falls. The water cascades over the cliff over 200 feet to the bottom. Havasupai is known for it’s turquoise blue waters but I wanted to emphasize the texture of the travertine in this shot because it’s actually the main focal point with the water fall being a distraction. It’s all about the texture, man!
After getting stuck on a ledge and being taught a lesson by the canyon, I took this picture above Beaver Falls! It’s a long story but let’s just put it this way; I’ve been to Havasupai in Grand Canyon many times. It’s rugged beauty gets more rough as you head deeper and deeper into the side canyon before it empties into the Rio Colorado. The blue water is colored by a mineral known as Travertine which redeposits itself and forms these waters falls from driftwood dams and other debris. I just got back from this trip last night and it was one of the more memorable trips and visits amongst the Supai!
I’m thinking I should steering more towards color? I’ve always kinda seen color as being taboo and tried to desaturate my images with all worries surrounding color balance and using proper color space is always a hassle but I’m missing the days of positive slide film and Velvia. Digital is so sweet and I’m ready to take a visit to yesteryear. This is a dead juniper in Monument Valley Tribal Park on the Navajo Reservation near the Four Corners area. It’s starkly beautiful country and it’s probably my favorite place to photograph in the Desert Southwest.
I’m not going to exaggerate the colors you usually see in photographs or other landscapes captured around the Southwest. These colors here are about as natural as I can get them other than the white balance on a digital camera being subjective. I’m not going to go out of my way and add strong color to these images, because it makes them look fake. Instead, I try to mimic the beauty of what I saw with my own eyes. Antelope Canyon is a beautiful place to visit but I need to spend more time in there to capture better images. As a tour guide, I’m always on a tight schedule and it would be fun to kick back and slow things down a bit when I visit these places.
Inside the famous Burma Shave in Seligman, Arizona along Route 66. This is the town that inspired the Cars movies from Pixar.
Back when I was a kid I used to see these ice boxes everywhere until wally world came along. I can’t bash Walmart though because it was the only place my grandpappy was able to find diabetic socks back in the day and stuff. I still see plenty of these commercial ice boxes kicking around but the majority of them are in retirement. Soon, they’ll be a thing of the past. This looked good with the Coca Cola signage in the background!
I took this shot of Antelope Canyon handheld without the tripod last week while guiding a tour in Northern Arizona. This slot canyon is on the Navajo Reservation about five minutes southeast of Page. I work for about three different tour companies but I also travel to places like these alone. I love teaching people about the land and the importance of these beautiful places. Antelope Canyon is located on the Navajo Reservation and is a valuable source of revenue for Navajo owned and operated tour businesses.
This is some strange light in Antelope Canyon on the Navajo Rez. I didn’t quite know how to balance the color but I upped it a little in Lightroom. Usually you need a decent tripod to shoot a slot canyon but I didn’t have any. So I put the ISO on about 800 and shot everything on that using the GF1. Here’s some wavy contour lines in Antelope Canyon. The light is pretty dramatic.
Can you identify this car? I’ve adjusted my Panasonic GF1 to shoot in a 16×9 format instead of the regular micro 4/3. The compositions seems a bit more satisfying to me. I’ll post more images with the same dimensions from my Route 66 excursions in Northern Arizona!
I have a whole slew of Route 66 photography and I don’t know what to do with all the images except post one at a time over a long expanse of time. That’s the beauty of digital photography! It costs next to nothing to produce digital records of historical places. As I venture around the country, I hope to document everything simply for the sake of posterity and maybe someday all these images can be useful historical records or something when all of these places are long gone? I don’t know. I just love taking pictures so do I even need a valid excuse to be a photojunkie? I don’t think so…
Havasu Falls has changed so much since 2008. However, it remains so beautiful to me. I’m forever tied to the land of the Supai. It’s hard to describe how a memory can weld you to a time and place and have it be so significant to who you are as a person…
Mooney Falls just after sundown. This waterfall in the Grand Canyon, located on the Havasupai Indian Reservation is a two hundred foot drop!
This is Mooney Falls being inundated with muddy water from a cloudburst over Havasupai. My friends were down in the bottom below Mooney hiking towards Beaver Falls four miles downriver. Luckily, they weren’t clear to Beaver when the water level began to rise and they realized they needed to evacuate. About two years ago, I was stuck in one of the biggest floods to hit Havasupai. It could have taken the lives of my friends and I. You can read my account of that life-shifting experience here in; Four Havasupai Men Saved Us! It seems every time I venture to that part of the Grand Canyon my experience in Havasupai is bittersweet because the memories are both nightmarish and pleasant simultaneously. I just returned from my latest trip to the Grand Canyon and I’m still unpacking today. So I’ll write about my thoughts and reflect about the experiences of my time in Havasupai as soon as I get settled down. No matter what, the people of Supai, their culture and their waterfalls will always have a place in my heart!
Turquoise is my favorite color so no matter where I go, I tend to photograph it during my adventures around the Southwest. This is at the Cameron Trading Post in Northern Arizona.
I have my sentiments about this. There will always be a soft spot in my heart for indigenous struggles & survival. It’s that simple. Nobody should take offense but I see a lot of truth here. Words are not really needed at all… So, let’s just say that symbols are for symbol-minded people.
I took this photo a few years back of a stray dog living on the Havasupai Indian Reservation located inside the Grand Canyon. We had been hiking between the village and the campground every day and this fella followed us around the whole time. The next evening is when the big flood of August 2008 hit Havasupai and destroyed the priceless Navajo Falls. My friends & I had to be rescued. I was thinking of posting a few more images I took prior to the devastation…
This piece of artwork was called; Summer Thunder & Storm Pattern w/ Basket Guardian Rainbow by Lucy Leuppe McKelvey. This piece was priced at $3,500 dollars at the Cameron Trading Post in Northern Arizona. This was amazing so I had to grab a photo of the detail and texture!
My buddy Ed said theres a joke going around amongst the Navajo that the only authentic thing made in this whole joint are the scorpions encased in plastic and underneath them it reads, “Made in Tucson, Arizona.”