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The Hopi Clown

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Rock spires or hoodoos at they are better known have long held a fascination for me. This rock, which resembles a Pueblo Hopi clown is perhaps the least visited in the American Southwest.  Indian Reservation roads, particularly obscure rarely travelled ones are not featured on paper maps so my approach was planned on Google Earth. I use GE extensively in my planning, through the program it’s possible to create a route anywhere on the planet and load it onto a handheld GPS, without doing this I’d never have found the rock. It took three attempts to get here, on one attempt the roads were impassible, myself and a friend got caught up in this flash flood.


LA Gangland Granary

LA Gangland Granary

This ancient Puebloan ruin has no official name, but with its scrawled pictograph on the granary it’s easy to see why it’s been dubbed LA Gangland Granary. A few people are convinced the writing is graffiti and while it is very unusual I’m told it’s definitely original. The granary itself is perhaps not so photogenic, but there’s a certain thrill in finding these places. For a time I became obsessed with discovering and photographing anasazi ruins. Hiking in the southwest – particularly in remote areas – you get the feeling you could walk round any corner and suddenly discover something like this. For me that makes the southwest all the more appealing.

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Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Tongue and Groove

Antelope Canyon near Page Arizona is so well known that people automatically assume any slot canyon shot must have been taken in that one canyon. There area actually hundreds of slot canyons in the American Southwest, even the Grand Canyon is in effect a slot canyon. Antelope Canyon is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful slot canyons; the best time to photograph Antelope is in June when the sun is high overhead, unfortunately this is also one of the busiest times for tourists. For that reason I have always preferred to scout lesser known canyons. This particular feature can be found in a remote canyon about 3 miles hike from the road. I would hazard a guess and say it receives only one or two visitors a year, compare that to Antelope which probably gets a couple of hundred thousand visitors per year!

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