Horseshoe Bend

Horseshoe Bend in winter, Page, Arizona

Taken at Horseshoe Bend, near Page, Arizona on January 28th, 2010

Horseshoe Bend on the Colorado River is one of THE classic southwest photo locations. And in my ignorance, I didn’t even know I was there until I practically fell into it. It wasn’t until I hit the outskirts of Page and saw the turnoff for the Horseshoe Bend trail that I realized what an opportunity I had on my hands. Due to snow storms, it took me two visits to the bend before I could even see into the canyon. When the vista finally did present itself, it was under a clearing winter storm which had left just a dusting of snow on the distant peaks – a perfect backdrop to this awe-inspiring natural feature.

 

Curving Toward the Light

Little Monument Valley in Upper Antelope Canyon, Page, Arizona

Taken in Upper Antelope Canyon, near Page, Arizona on January 27th, 2010

While on a southwest roadtrip, I arrived in Page without any idea of what the town had to offer. Upon checking into a motel, I discovered to my surprise that Antelope Canyon was just outside of the city. The next morning I booked a trip to the canyon and had another pleasant surprise: Antelope Canyon is usually packed wall to wall with tourists, but because it was winter there was only one other person on the trip with me. Imagine my delight as I then spent two and a half hours in the gorgeously detailed and colored canyon in complete silence and peace, just letting the wonder of the place wash over me.