What’s a Slot Canyon?

Sometimes it’s better to look and not to take pictures. I forgot my own advice and missed the chance to fully absorb the fleeting moment at Antelope Canyon. And my pictures didn’t come out all that great. Oops.

Like all canyons, a slot canyon is formed by water. The difference is how narrow a slot canyon is. It twists and turns and you have to do the same to fit through it. Shafts of light flirt through the top, and otherwise, you’re in shadows. Smack in the middle of nowhere in the desert of Navajao lands near Page, AZ, Antelope Canyon was formed and continues to evolve from flood waters borne from rain that pours miles away.

 

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Waters swirl and sometimes make whirlpools. The flow is seen in both diagonal and horizontal lines on the petrified sandstone.

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It’s an intimate space with soft sand underfoot. The shadows cast by one wall onto the other is stunning.

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This was a special day. A jeep tour in the morning, led by a Navajo Indian, and a boat tour on Lake Powell in the afternoon. I feel lucky to have been to this divine place.

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When have you opted not to take pictures because the moment was more important?

3 Responses

05.04.13

That’s so cool. I just saw this canyon featured on a web site of a dozen incredible places on earth. I can’t wait to see it.

05.04.13

Geez, the likes of Buford Highway and the Big Chicken are going to be a big letdown after Antelope Canyon. Et al.

Jeannine – I’ll let you in on a secret. If you travel “too long” without many, MANY months off, even the Antelope Canyon can be in threat of looking as delightful as the Big Chicken. So coming back to Buford Highway will be wonderful. And truly, it always has been – look at how much happens there (even the stuff we don’t want to look at like, the Pink Pony). It’s beautiful in its own right.

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