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21 August 2008 @ 09:22 pm
Navajo Nation - Antelope Canyon  
When driving from Bryce canyon national park to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, a detour to Page in Arizona takes you to one of the most photographed slot canyons in the world - the Antelope canyon. We had lost our way and it was almost time for the sun to set when we reached the upper antelope canyon. Antelope canyon is inside a Native American reservation and only registered guides can take you there and it requires them to drive through the deep sands of the Antelope wash to get to the canyon. When we arrived at the canyon, most of the good light had long gone and all I could do was admire the beauty of the canyon and take some documentation photographs.

A walk inside the Antelope Canyon

An added bonus to visit the Antelope canyon is the unique Horseshoe bend. The Colorado river (the same one that carved out the Grand Canyon) is at work to make this unique formation!

Horseshoe Bend. You've gotta be there experience it!

Inside Antelope Canyon

Antelope Canyon

Photographing the beautiful canyon walls

This is what you see when you look up

Rock cut open by water!

yellareddyyellareddy on August 22nd, 2008 05:13 am (UTC)
You are really living in a fantasy world.cheers
ashbirderashbirder on August 22nd, 2008 06:22 am (UTC)
wow, had only read about horsehoe bends in geography textbooks.. really awesome sight..
Yathinyathin on August 22nd, 2008 03:18 pm (UTC)
A Billion and a half years it took to make that horseshoe bend!
Krishwild_guy on August 22nd, 2008 06:30 am (UTC)
Mind Blowing place and soul stirring photos...:-)
Anush Shettyanushsh on August 22nd, 2008 06:59 am (UTC)
Stunning !
sandy_tr on August 22nd, 2008 07:00 am (UTC)
I have no words to describe it...

It's simply ........
Yathinyathin on August 22nd, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
Trust me, photographs are just poor substitutes to the experience of actually being there.
IdahoSwedeidahoswede on August 22nd, 2008 07:34 am (UTC)
I don't see any absence of "good" light in your photos. Remarkable as always. Just hanging out with you in India in a couple of years is going to give me this talent, right???
Yathinyathin on August 22nd, 2008 03:17 pm (UTC)
All photographs are multi-second exposure shots and it was very dark in the canyon since the sun was not above the slot. Photography is easy if you have the right equipment and love the subject you're photographing - I can never shoot people, buildings, houses, trains, planes....
Krishna Kumarkrishkumar on August 22nd, 2008 08:31 am (UTC)
wonderful stuff. loved the experience it shot. btw the interiors give out a indiana jones vibe.
Yathinyathin on August 22nd, 2008 03:09 pm (UTC)
You won't believe the canyon is real! It definitely feels like a set from an Indiana Jones movie.
ZuZusuzan_s on August 22nd, 2008 12:53 pm (UTC)
Takes your breath away.......
Ruth: Birdlaruth on August 22nd, 2008 01:16 pm (UTC)
Amazing. I love these shots. Makes me with I had an extra month in the US to visit all these wonderful places.
Yathinyathin on August 22nd, 2008 03:08 pm (UTC)
The American West is just crazy beautiful.
kejnkejn on August 22nd, 2008 03:50 pm (UTC)
"documentation photos". pftt! ;-)

indiana jones and star trek vibes in the canyon, for sure... surreal!

how long into the evening do they guide people there? and how long did you stay? i don't see any garbage anywhere (thankfully!). do the rangers push you off a cliff if you litter? :-)

how clear the water is around the horseshoe bend! not the muddy waters of the grand canyon colorado river?

Yathinyathin on August 22nd, 2008 04:00 pm (UTC)
> how long into the evening do they guide people there?

6pm is the last trip and we reached there at 6:10 and there was still one guide hanging around. We stayed there for about half an hour to forty five minutes? I have to see the photography EXIFs to find a good answer for that!

> do the rangers push you off a cliff if you litter?

No rangers there. The Navajo nation governs the place! It is a semi-autonomous reservation - the largest in America.

> not the muddy waters of the grand canyon colorado river?

Perhaps that's how the canyon became grand? Maybe the earth is like butter in the grand canyon region and like rock in the horseshoe bend and very little erosion happens? But yes, the water was beautiful green and clear.
Praveen Garlapatipraveenkumarg on August 22nd, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
wow! Excellent pictures...
Nice composure and beautifully taken.

I can only imagine how beautiful the place can be.
Nithin Somashekartinsomnia on August 22nd, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Simply brilliant!!
Premnath Kudvapremkudva on August 25th, 2008 09:39 am (UTC)
The first one looks awesome!
Verdandi Weavesverdandiweaves on September 1st, 2008 08:18 am (UTC)
I just spent time marveling in absolute delight at your pictures. If you're up to date with my lj (and really I wouldn't bother) you'd know that as usual am I beset with a farcical number of calamities, but I really lost myself in your work. Thank you.
Yathinyathin on September 1st, 2008 05:40 pm (UTC)
Yep, I'm following the happenings on your journal and I can imagine the amount of stress you must be in right now. :(
Premshree Pillaipremshree on September 2nd, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Definitely going to Grand Canyon again. Should spend more time there.
Yathinyathin on September 2nd, 2008 09:26 pm (UTC)
dude... it's the same canyon. why go there again? ;)
Premshree Pillaipremshree on September 2nd, 2008 09:30 pm (UTC)
Unlike a tree, though, things change around. :-) Also, I wanna go to the North Rim and around.
First name, a nickname or a handlesmriti on April 12th, 2009 03:51 pm (UTC)
Did you go to the Lower Canyon? Do you know if it is possible to do Upper and Lower Antelope in one day?

(yes, I remembered these photos, searched within site:yathin.livejournal.com to come back and find this and ask you this question. We are like that only.)
Yathinyathin on April 13th, 2009 05:49 pm (UTC)
Nope. We did not go to the lower canyon. They are very close by and I think it is possible to see both places in a day.