This is the first of several photos I will be posting of the Palouse area. The Dahmen Barn is in Union Town, Washington and the property is fenced with various wheels from old farm equipment. The fields have been harvested and what you’re seeing in the background is the stubble which remains.
There are two places I’ve really wanted to see and photograph and I have finally been able to do it. One of these is Antelope Canyon; the other is Monument Valley which I will post about in a couple of days.
The title of this blog is a Navajo term which means “the place where water runs through rocks” and is the subject of this photo. It’s in the upper canyon which is also referred to as the “crack”. These sandstone slot canyons are heavily visited and photographed. If you’ve read reviews you’ll hear that it’s crowded with lots of people walking through making it hard for photographers. That’s true but I didn’t care. Walking into the canyon for the first time left me speechless and in awe.
It’s dark so a tripod is a must. I changed up the settings a little depending on the amount of light filtering in through the top of the canyon but this was taken at .8 sec, f/11, and ISO at 500.
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.
We set our clocks forward last night except for the one I used to wake up. I got to this location much sooner than I had wanted. This old barn is south of a Guadalupe, CA on Highway 1 and sits in the middle of a rich and fertile agricultural area. The winter rains have also turned our foothills into an Irish green.