Friday Lens Affair 243

Lower Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA

Today I’m featuring a superb shot of the Lower Antelope Canyon taken by Shweta Singhal from the Zest In A Tote Blog.

Shweta has always been passionate about travel and immersing in new experiences. Having been to over 40 countries, she blogs to bring family-friendly itineraries and tips, destinations, and luxury stays to her readers.

Her belief in family travel needn’t be boring and one can do a mix of local culture & food, adventure activities and relaxation, all with family. Do follow her on Instagram and Facebook.

Photo Story: Lower Antelope Canyon

Imagination is truly magical. It helps us conjure unique things of thin air. Things that become reality someday.

Who would have thought that flowing water and wind could chisel rocks into the natural wonder that are Antelope Canyons?

Arizona has many slot canyons – the most famous being the Lower and Upper Antelope Canyons.

It was a long drive to the Lower Antelope Canyon on a hot, sunny afternoon.

From the fissures on the ground, you can hardly imagine that a few steps down the stairs will take you into a magical chamber.

Rock formations that have been carved out over thousands of years by nature. Stunning colours as you go deeper that change with the way sunlight filters in.

The top parts of the rocks can glow to yellow and orange shades when the sunlight falls on them directly.

And the bottom parts take on darker red and purple hues with the filtered light. I was filled with a sense of joy and anticipated each twist and turn eagerly. Some of the bends were tight as a coin.

The Lower Antelope Canyon is on Indian tribal land and can be seen only with a tour led by a Navajo guide.

Our guide stopped at several times to point out interesting and funny shapes that the rocks had taken. He also pointed out cool spots to take photos of.

You get so focused on the rock walls that you hardly look up to the sky.

And towards the end of the Canyon, when my Navajo guide asked me to look up, I was speechless! An almost perfect seahorse made of blue sky. It always pays to look up!

Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is on Navajo land east of Page, Arizona.

Antelope Canyon includes two separate, scenic slot canyon sections, referred to individually as “Upper Antelope Canyon” or “The Crack”; and “Lower Antelope Canyon” or “The Corkscrew”.

Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes.

Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, 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.

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