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Monthly Archives: August 2009
With my camera still out, I’m still digging through the archives searching for photos that I for some reason really like, but don’t have up on this blog yet. So here’s one from Lower Antelope Canyon just outside of Page, Arizona up in the northern part of the state. Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon that creates a world like you’ve never seen before. Flash floods have eroded away what started as a small wash into a deep, narrow canyon with sandstone waves as its walls. In most places the sky is completely obstructed leaving you in what sometimes feels like a cave. If you’re passing through the area, it’s definitely worth a stop. And by "the area," I mean anywhere within a full-state radius.
This is one of the last shots I took with my Canon 5D. The day I busted it, I had headed up to Lake of the Crags earlier that day and on the way to Lake of the Crags is Ramshead Lake. This is the creek that runs off of it that flows into Arrowhead Lake which eventually becomes the Ribbon Cascade in Hanging Canyon on its way into Jenny Lake. The hike itself is off of the main trail system and is extremely steep and challenging, but the reward is tremendous.
Mooney Falls is a 200-foot tall waterfall just one mile downstream from the more popular Havasu Falls. Both are located on the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon and sees heavy traffic due to the fact it’s a very desert atmosphere complete with massive red cliffs, prickly-pear cactus, cottonwood trees and plenty of sand. What makes it so unique is a beautiful turquoise creek (that flow more like a river) running through the middle of it all. This photo was taken in 2007 and in the summer of 2008 there were some pretty intense floods that completely changed the way all the waterfalls look.
On a more personal note, I heard back from Canon yesterday about my camera and it looks like I’ll be without one for a little longer.
Here’s another from last month’s quick jaunt up into the Wind River Mountains. I was camping at Green River Lakes which is an extraordinarily scenic location and makes for a great trailhead to the backcountry of the Wind River Range. The lakes are a series of natural lakes along the Green River, which originates deep in this particular mountain range.
In digging back into my archives, I didn’t get too far before noticing I hadn’t posted anything from a short trip to the Green River Lakes back in July. I was almost to the campgrounds when I saw this moose standing in the middle of the Green River, which originates up in the Wind River Mountains in Western Wyoming and meanders its way down to Central Utah where it meets up with the Colorado River in Canyonlands National Park. I followed her for just a bit until she disappeared behind some willow trees on a small island in the river.
Going back to the Paintbrush Canyon to Cascade Canyon Loop I did a few weeks back, I was coming down Cascade Canyon, knowing I only had a few miles left, so I was sort of just in the mindset of wanting to be done. I rounded a corner and saw a small crowd looking through the bushes, at which point I looked over and saw some pretty large antlers sticking up through the leaves. I wanted to stick around and wait till he got up, however in addition to getting a little exhausted with still about five miles to go, I was also getting a little sun-burned and hanging around in a meadow wasn’t the ideal situation.