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June 2002
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Upper Antelope Canyon is in northern Arizona, a few kilometres east of Page, on the Navajo reservation.
The canyon seen from the surface appears as a slash in the mesa. It is only 400 metres (a quarter of a mile) long and about 10 metres (30 feet) deep. The rocks that form this canyon are the petrified remains of layers of sand left by the shallow seas evident here millions of years ago.
Antelope Creek is a seasonal stream that flows into Lake Powell. Even though most of the waterway is wide and sandy, there are two sections of slot canyons: the Upper Antelope and the Lower Antelope both separated by several kilometres of flat terrain.
Photographs of the Antelope Canyons are famous worldwide for the various shapes of rocks painted in shades of red, orange and yellow and for the many beams of light which in some places reach the floor of the canyons and illuminate the walls that are slowly being eroded by water and wind.
When I visited the Upper Antelope, I did not see any of the colours described above. As a matter of fact, the walls were shades of beige and brown, depending on the amount of light and the time of day. Those rich reds, oranges, yellows and sometimes blues are the results of the: type of film used, time of exposure and angle of the sun.
As I arrived at the canyon it was full of tourists. The only way I was able to take any photographs at all was to point the lenses up. I concentrated on the light, shapes, lines and textures and came out with some interesting photographs.
Take a look!