Before I really start, I want to apologize to hard core fans of either the Grand Canyon or Antelope Canyon. I’m bundling the two, no matter how unique and pretty they are on their own. On our Arizona trip, we saw a whole lot, but that’s no reason to go all ‘How I Met Your Mother’ on describing it, and chopping each real time hour into five different twenty-minute episodes, and calling it the final season. Dear producers, this season doesn’t count anymore, give it up.
Anyway, we went to the Grand Canyon. It’s big. One of the things I never realized, is that it’s a canyon. Let me explain. On pictures, the things looks like an interruption of mountainous terrain: a giant rocky valley, as it were. Not the case. In fact, when driving there, it is all flat. Driving through Arkansas is more spectacular. All of a sudden (not really, because you have to pay to enter the park, and there’s an entire village on the edge, but stay with me here) this boring tundra-like environment is interrupted by two huge cliffs standing at least four miles apart, and 6000 feet deep. I always thought pictures of the Grand Canyon weren’t as impressive, and the grandeur of it all is very hard to capture even in 3D. Standing on the edge, it took me a lot of effort to understand just how big it all is. Your eyes aren’t used to perspectives on that size, and only when you think about it, and take some anchor points do you start realizing just what the distances are.
A whole different ballpark is Antelope Canyon. Carved by nature’s forces into a rocky formation in the desert, this canyon is almost an open tunnel. The part on the ground is much wider than the top is, a phenomenon caused by flash floods and wind erosion. Basically, it feels like walking in a beautifully carved, smooth cave, with some natural light coming in from the ceiling. It is breathtaking, and probably a photographers wild dream. The weird shades, the dim lighting, and the unique environment do make a fantastic blend, that is easy to capture on camera. I am no photographer by any means, but our tour guide like taking pictures with my phone, so I ended up with some insider shots (that everyone immediately copied, so I don’t feel that special anymore). In seven pictures, a short impression of Antelope Canyon: