Friday, October 14, 2011

Canyon De Chelly-morning and afternoon

I did a lot of driving for work this week. I took my camera along though, and got some fun photos. This is actually at La Posada in Winslow. It's a hotel and restaurant. They have really done some nice things with the garden areas too. In this area, they grow produce to be used in their restaurant. This is Hopi amaranth. I have never seen it before and it's beautiful. I had heard of amaranth. It's one of those "ancient" grains that is in vogue. These plants were well over 6ft tall. The color is amazing.

Last night I drove to Chinle. Chinle is the home of Canyon De Chelly. But unless you go looking for it, you don't see it while you are there. It's kind of hidden. I was staying right on the doorstep this time and decided to get up earlier than I needed to for work to drive along the North rim drive and take some photos. I hadn't done that in a few years. It really is beautiful, and in some ways more accessible than the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon is amazing, but a little mind boggling. This you can take in and process.

One of those arm length self portraits.

Some of the rocks look like icing squeezed out.

Morning light.

This is Antelope Ruin. There are lots and lots of well preserved ruins in the canyon. If you go on one of the tours that takes you inside via jeep, you can see them closer. This is with my zoom. It was really pretty far away.

Same ruin, without the zoom.

This is Mummy Cave ruin. They found some mummy's here when they found the ruin.

After my doctor gave his talk, I found out he was moving from Arizona in 6 weeks. He had been up to Chinle twice and never seen the Canyon. So that just seemed wrong to me. So I took him for a quick drive along the south rim overlooks. So these are now afternoon light.

More ruins in the crevices.

Spider rock. This is one of the most common views photographed at Canyon De chelly. I like the shadow spider rock casts.

It's a beautiful place and if you haven't been, you should go!


Cynthia said...

That is so pretty. I haven't been there since I was a child. It wasn't regulated then and we hiked down to the bottom and played in the river and walked up to the ruins. You can't do that anymore, of course.
btw - you've got a great camera.

The White Silk Purse (Dana) said...

You see such beauty in everything!

I've always thought those mountains looked as though they were made from cow plops!

Raven Blackmane said...

My husband and I made a quick trip to Chinle because my brother was getting baptized in Pinon. We didn't have time to check out Canyon de Chelly but there were many European tourists at the hotel gushing about it. I wish we had the time to check it out. At the risk of sounding juvenile, the second to last picture reminds me of Jabba the Hutt.

Anonymous said...

Great Photos!