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Sunday, 23 March 2014

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States

Antelope Canyon is located in Navajo land Page, northern Arizona in the southwestern United States. Antelope Canyon includes two separate, photogenic slots canyon sections, referred to individually as Upper Antelope Canyon or The Crack; which means "The place where water runs through rock" and Lower Antelope Canyon or The Corkscrew, which means "spiral rock arches". Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processed. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon section, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways, Over time the passageways eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock. Flooding in the canyon still occurs.

Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, USA
Inside the Upper Antelope Canyon Image credit banzainetsurfer

Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, it is the most frequently visited bye tourists, due to tow considerations. First its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second beams are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky. Winter colors are a little more muted like the photo displayed here. Summer months provide two types of lighting. Light beams start to peek into the canyon.

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
 Image credit Robert Wilson

Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona, USA
Entrance of Lower Antelope Canyon, Image credit andytaylor123456

Lower Antelope Canyon, called Hazdistazí, or "spiral rock arches". Prior to the installation of metal stairways, visiting the canyon requited climbing along pre-installed ladders in certain areas. Even flowing the installation of stairways, it is a more difficult hike than Upper Antelope, it is longer, narrower in spots, and even footing is not available in all areas. At the en, the climb out requires several flight of stairs. 

Despite these limitations, Lower Antelope Canyon draws a considerable number of Photographers, though casual sightseers are much less common there than in Upper. Th lower canyon is in the shape of "V" and shallower than the Upper Antelope. Lighting is better in the early hours and late afternoon.

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
Image credit Koen Schepers

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
Image credit Koen Schepers

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
Image credit Koen Schepers

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
Image credit Koen Schepers

Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
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Antelope Canyon | Navajo, Arizona, United States
Image credit Pankaj Kulkarni

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