Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Upper Antelope Canyon


It's been four months have already passed when we went on vacation, but still I have not yet finished sharing my travel stories, so here it goes;
After Las Vegas, the next family's road trip was Arizona. Our daily trip routine was basically getting up early for sunrise, grabbed some lunch and dinner when we got hungry, back to the hotel to pack our luggages, and travel again to the next location. (Certainly, the family's living life to the fullest.) So, when we were in Arizona it was a pleasure to visit Upper Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon located in Navajo land near Page Arizona where we stayed for two nights. Upper Antelope Canyon is actually a petrified sand dune, formed millions of years ago by flash flooding that eroded the sandstone. Since Antelope Canyon is owned and operated by the Navajo nation, entry is restricted and visitors must go with a licensed tour guide. Nor can you take your own vehicle to the canyon entrance and visitors must be transported by a licensed operator. In our experience, we booked a tour through Antelope Canyon Tours. Our tour started at 10AM where we rode a monster truck. Oh boy, it was a pretty dusty and bumpy ride to get there. Antelope Canyon Tours offers two types of tours in different tour prices; 1. a guided tour and, 2. a photographer's tour (we took this tour) is a tour which tour guides hold up foot traffic at each end of canyon, show the best highlights of the canyon, and give you more time on taking photographs. Our tour guide, Al, was informative, friendly and helpful. He even helped me set up the tripod ( I didn't know what happened but my tripod was acting up), position my camera, pointed out the best spots and showed the best angles with my digital camera.

It was winter but Arizona's weather is bearable and not as cold as East coast. The outside temperature was in the 60's sunny but windy. When we were inside the canyon, the temperature dropped to 15 degrees in the actual outside temperature. I was wearing a thick windbreaker jacket but may be not enough to keep me warm. I was freezing for two hours. I assumed I could tolerate the cold, so I left my gloves in the hotel room. I thought wrong. My hands were numb and frozen stiff. So, guys if you go here in the winter though not cold, make sure you dress warmly enough and put on your gloves and hat.

The sandstones are very beautiful in the canyon but the lightings are different in the winter. At other times, the sandstones appeared from bursting yellow to firey, pinkish to purple and bluish like the photos posted here. As said by our tour guide, the beams of light are seen in the summer months because they have need the sun to be high in the sky. I would love to be back here in the summer. I would love to see those magical beams of light shining down on the canyon floor.

Entrance of Upper Antelope Canyon.

Images taken inside the canyon.412754_2997296533810_229697236_o-1340521_2997324374506_1444485350_o326415_2997316014297_401435848_o
These are the only pictures we had inside the canyon. As you can see everyone was busy- Hubby's adjusting his tripod; Mr.Freddy focuses on his toys, (I brought toys for him to keep him pre-occupied) while I also was busy.... busy taking pictures of myself using the tripod and the self-timer.


Monique said...

these photos are incredible the canyon loos unreal such a beautiful color and amazing texuture. it's so great when the vibes of the vacation linger on.

Mary Ann said...

Wow, these are gorgeous pics. I love how the swirls in the rock look like flowing fabric! Thank you so much for stopping by.

To answer your question - I use the Canon Rebel T3 with the basic 50mm 1.8 lens! ;-)

Natali said...

Oh wow, such artsy photos, beautiful nature :)


Mrs C said...

This is beautiful! The closest I've been to nature like this was in '127 Hours', the film! I'm going to be vacation in the US nect October if all works out as planned, I should ask for advice on what to do and where to go.. you have great vacay spots!


Bubby's Mummy said...

Those photos are amazing! Are they taken with natural light?

Invitation To Inspiration said...

I am speechless!...These photos are magical and spectacular! How I wish I could visit this place one day...:-))


Emmy said...

WOW...your trip sounded tiring but certainly worth it! Such a stunning landscape! I've never never been to Arizona, but these pictures...whoa!

Rocio Larrea said...

it's an amzing place!!!
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Sarah said...

woww! Pictures are almost unbelievable! x


Tereza {Drastic Plastic} said...

This is amazing, I love it, what incredible places we have on this planet.

Carrie said...

Wow, the photos of this canyon are so beautiful! It almost doesn't look real. What a cool place!

Milena said...

Wow, it doesn't look real! It's awesome, I would love to be there! <3
With love, Milena

Teddi said...

i never would have guessed it would be so cold inside there. the photos look like it was worth it though. i mean i've never seen anything remotely like that in my life. it's superb!

jslimanjaya said...

(beauty treasure post)no, she isnt my daughter! she's my friend's niece :)
Sure. followed you already! :) dont forget to do the same!


jslimanjaya said...

oh and by the way, this is sooooo beautiful. At first, I thought it is edited!

Sazi Efionayi said...

this photos are something incredible,i like them


annacbie said...

just found your blog and love your aesthetic!

and hey guess what! i just started a new blog! i think i have some great ideas and i'd love if you could stop by and perhaps follow it, if you like!


Linda Kristoffersson said...

Theese are some great photos!

Looks like fabric instead of rock!

Thank you so much, thats super sweet of you!

Stop by soon!

/L from sweden

Dee {Strings and Buttons} said...

The photos are stunning! The caves and curvatures really remind me of Petra in Jordan. Even the color of the rocks. Have a wonderful weekend x

Joanna´s Secret said...

OMG I love this place! It's amazing!
Would you like to follow each other?
I follow you now:)



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