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 04, 2006

True colors shining through

Finally a post after quite some time. The reason for my long absence was an unforgettable trip to the wild west a glimpse of which can be found in the photograph.

Antelope Canyon is a highly under-rated and less frequented place tucked away in a small corner of Arizona. Overwhelmed by the presence of the Grand Canyon in the vicinity, this pristine spot near Page, AZ attracts far less attention than it deserves. In geographical lingo, Antelope Canyon is a "slot canyon", carved through solid rock by the gushing waters of the flash floods that carry the rains of the Navajo valley to Lake Powell.

This place is a photographers' paradise.

Accessible only by dirt roads deep inside the Navajo (pronounced NavaHo) reservation for native Americans, Antelope Canyon offers the trip of a life time. No one is allowed without authorized guides who can be found in nearby Page. Antelope Canyon tours last for just over an hour at the most, but I assure you, you will come back with images that you will cherish for a long time to come. If you visit the canyon relatively early on a clear day, you experience the magical beauty of sunbeams falling on the canyon floor through a few small openings. This shot captures only a small part of the ethereal beauty and ambience it creates.

If you are ever in the area, I stongly suggest you to brave the heat and the $28 per person cost to visit the Antelope Canyons. You won't regret it. However, never go there if a thunderstorm is in the vicinity. Thunderstorms cause the flash floods that are responsible for the exquisite landforms. They can also kill anyone coming in their way... 11 tourists died in such a flashflood in 1997. However, with the competent native American tour guides, another such incident seems very unlikely as the canyon is closed down on the risky days.


Blogger Moi said...

Ever thought of writing a travelogue???????? that was an awesome piece of information........and the pics are breathtakingly beautiful, crazy diamond!!!!

Thursday, 17 August, 2006  
Blogger CrAzY DiAmOnd said...

Thanks Moi...I was afraid that I have lost another of my small number of visitors :)

Glad you liked the pics. I will put up a few more as soon as I can. It really has been a trip of a lifetime.

Thursday, 17 August, 2006  
Blogger Moi said...

i ve been in india for a fortnight now....blogging has taken a backseat ...that explains the absence.
nice to c that travelling is more than "been there, done that" kinda thing for u.......may ur tribe increase :)

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

Wow! That is a breathtaking shot...

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

Thanks Jas. The place was even more breathtaking!

Wednesday, 04 October, 2006  

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