Well, I made it to Antelope Canyon. You have to go on a guided tour, so while I was waiting I popped over to Horseshoe Bend, on the Colorado River, and took this:
The colours are fantastic and the river reflected the clouds. But this is all I can show you for now, because I’m sitting in a parking lot, stealing someone’s wi-fi, and I haven’t had a chance to do much with the photos yet.
After that I went on the tour of Antelope Canyon, sitting next to Mike and Carol, who are looking to retire to… Guess where? Sedona. It’s clearly the centre of the world. The truck broke down in the middle of a sandy wash, but we got there eventually, and it’s really pretty. The canyon as a whole looks like the photo on the right. The textures and light are amazing. I’ll let the following photos describe what I mean.
Note that these are unretouched – straight out of my camera. The colours seem to come mostly from the way the sun or blue sky are reflected onto overhanging areas of rock – the same rocks outside look boring. It’s actually quite hard to photograph without a tripod and the absence of a tour group. I could of course have bought some postcards instead, but it’s better to have photos you took yourself, somehow. It’s like the importance of seeing things with your own eyes.
These are for Christopher and Ann:
Tonight I’m staying at my beach place again, this time without a sandstorm. Tomorrow I may head out towards Zion. Or I may stay here another day. We’ll see.
Good luck to Lynne!
Location: same as yesterday
Today’s sensations: The feeling I’ll probably never see these things again. The itch of sand permanently embedded in my eyes.