Onophotopoeia

Some times even the most mundane of scenes, the most commonplace of faces or the most trivial of objects prove to be a cradle of beauty...unleashing new meanings when looked at again and again. The true magic of photography lies in the fact that we can capture the fleeting moments to revisit them...to listen to the music that the image resounds... Onophotopoeia...

Friday, August 11, 2006

Dangerous curves...

It really is amazing to see what the Colorado river has done to the Southwest. This great river, along with its tributaries, have created such myriad landforms all over the place that at times you feel that you cannot really manage to see it all! Some of its creations are not yet popularized, yet evoke the utmost sense of awe when visited.

It is by a matter of chance, I had the oppurtunity to see the Horseshoe Bend. Travelling from the Grand Canyon to Page, AZ, we noticed an unassuming arrow by the highway pointing towards a certain Horseshoe Bend. All that could be seen from the road was a seemingly endless stretch of desert peppered with thorny bushes and cacti. With the outside temperature raging at 120's, it did not seem to be a trip worth taking.

Yet, we did go.... It was around a mile walk from the unpaved spot that serves as a parking lot. However, the hot sand and the scorching winds made it look more like 5! At the end of the day, we were thankful that we did. At the end of the trail, the flat desert suddenly gives way to a 1000 feet drop to the Colorado bed. The gorge seemingly pops out of nowhere, adding to the charm and mysticism of the place. There are no signs or railings to warn the approaching visitor of what lies ahead and a sense of chill down the spine is almost inevitable when you suddenly discover the gorge a few feet away. And then it starts to sink in....

Its one of the best meanders that you could ever hope to see. The Colorado makes a perfect U turn at this place while flowing between Lake Powell and the Grand Canyon. The refreshing green waters of the river creates a welcome contrast to the unyielding stretches of saffron rocks all around. With practically no tourists around to disturb our bliss, we discovered the silver lining part of visiting the place on one of the hottest days of an Arizona summer.

This is the best that I could capture with my wide-angle lens. Would have loved to capture the complete bend, but the rocks at the edge being overhanging ones, I might not have lived to tell the story! Another must visit if you visit the Grand Canyon area. Beware of dehydration on summer days. We could simply have evaporated had the liter of Gatorade not saved the day!

8 Comments:

Blogger wildflower seed said...

I am really enjoying your photos from this trip. Please put up more, if you can.

About this horseshoe bend, is there only one such, or several? When I saw this photo, I instantly recalled a similar image from the movie Koyaanisqatsi. I wonder if it is the same place.

Saturday, 12 August, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

@VB:
Thanks a lot. Will surely put up more of these pics.
I am not very sure of how many bends there are. I saw one on a Nat Geo cover too. This one seems very similar to that. It looks pretty unique...but with the Colorado, you never know! :)

Sunday, 13 August, 2006  
Blogger sattva said...

cd, the mountains in this photo grabbed my attention more than the bend itself. it looks like a man's face, and he seems to be chewing on hhis right side. having said that, the photo is still a real beauty...i mean that :)

Friday, 18 August, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

@ sattva:
Your comment corroborates the last lines on the top of my blog.
Beautiful comments...
My own photograph is telling me different stories now.

Friday, 18 August, 2006  
Blogger Jas Bhambra said...

That sure was worth the walk in 120 degrees,I'd say.
Me and my colleague took a hurricane trip across the Grand Canyon on the Arizona side while we were in Phoenix for a conference. Amazing...
I'd like to go back and spend days and not just few hours taking in breathtaking beauty of the canyon...

Saturday, 09 September, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

@Jas: I can assure you it will be worth it. Utah, Arizon and Nevada are simply amazing!

Wednesday, 04 October, 2006  
Blogger Chad Oneil said...

How amazing it must be to actually see that place in real life!

Thursday, 12 October, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

@Chad: It is beyond any picture can possibly capture!

Saturday, 14 October, 2006  

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