The Canyon Floor

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

After driving along the rim of Canyon de Chelly I went into the bottom the next morning.  You must have a Navajo guide take you because of the many ruins and sacred areas.  Looking up gives you a much different perspective that looking over the edge.  This shot is typical of the walls in color and shape.  In the next couple of days I’ll post a few more.

On Top of Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly, AZ
Canyon de Chelly Arizona

From the Painted Desert we drove to Chinle to see Canyon de Chelly.  There is a paved road that follows the north side of the canyon with several turn outs allowing opportunities to shoot from above.  This was late in the afternoon and the sun and clouds created wonderful shadows.  The photos do a very good job of representing how majestic it is but one still needs to see it first hand to fully appreciate the beauty.

Towers in the Desert

Painted Desert, Arizona
Painted Desert, Arizona

I spent one and half days shooting in the Painted Desert east of Tuba City, AZ.  Other than the natural beauty of the area one of the most remarkable things is that I never saw another person;  I don’t mean just photographers but anyone.  These locations were reachable on dirt roads off the main highways, and I did hike a little once I parked, but not a sole was there.  Pretty rare these days.

 

 

Painted Desert Storm

Painted Desert, AZ
Painted Desert, AZ

The morning started with a few clouds and as the day went on they increased until the sky turned dark and rain fell.  Occasionally the sun would peek out and provide some interesting light.

Painted Desert

Arizona
Arizona

After resting and catching up at home we’re off to Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert.  There are so many colors and textures it will be very difficult choosing which ones to post.  This is far from one of the dramatic ones but it will give you a sense of what’s to come.

No Tripod

So many of the landscape photos I take are done with a tripod and lots of planning. This one was just the opposite. I was driving home from a recent trip to Arizona and a cloud was setting right on top of this mountain. There was nowhere to pull off with guard rails and truckers bearing down so with a tight grip on the camera and the window down this is what you get.

N. AZ at 80 MPH