This is the legendary Kolob Canyon near my home in Southern Utah. Yes! I have redrock in my backyard and yes, I get to see this weekly.
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.
I’m easing my way into thinking this way. Sometimes a word with a beautiful image can convey a lot without saying too much. Tumblr is the inspiration behind this muse. This is happening quite a bit on there and I want to reach out to those hearts. After all, people are beautiful.
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!
Mooney Falls at night in the summer of 2011… This was shot close to 10 PM, just when there was barely any light left from the dusk. Supai is a pretty little place… probably the most beautiful place in the whole Desert Southwest.
This kinda reminded of Arron Ralston who lost his arm to a boulder in a Bluejohn Canyon out in the remote part of Canyonlands. This right here is a car that been lodged down in this slot canyon since probably the late fifties or sixties… who knows, maybe a massive flash flood wedged it down into there over 30 years ago. The car is now apart of the erosion process, so-to-be-an-artifact!
Part of the Subway hike in the Left Fork of Zion National Park. It’s a primitive hike to get to this location and it’s beautiful in the soft light of late afternoon. We were caught unprepared though. We ended up spending the night in the canyon, because we didn’t get out before dark.
I have a map of the Grand Canyon on my bandanna and I sure miss being in Havasupai. I’m in Page tonight, and going to Monument Valley tomorrow.
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!