Okay… So I deleted all the old categories for this photoblog and will be adding new categories by camera and lens whenever I can. It’s not a perfect setup but it will allow visitors to se image examples from various lenses and cameras. This shot here is Havasu Falls in Grand Canyon, in Havasupai. It’s a ten mile hike into the canyon to get here! The guy up on the ledge in the photo is getting ready to jump.
This waterfall is over 2oo feet in Havasupai. It is powerful because it has taken lives. This is one of the most beautiful places in the Southwest but it also commands respect.
A man’s inner strength is what makes him beautiful and gives him the ability to believe in himself. This morning I was reminded of this skill and that it’s what attracts the good things in my life. My connection to the land and the people around me is very real and the power of that spirit manifests itself in many ways. It’s easy to get lost or wind up in the rut but that’s the purpose for trials and tribulations, because in the long run those struggles make us more powerful. Someday, when I look back at this picture, I want to remember what I looked like in my younger years. It will also serve as a reminder about where I’m going…
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.
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!
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!
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…