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Coal Mine Canyon

Coal Mine Canyon

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Little known Coal Mine Canyon is one of the most incredible areas of the American southwest.  The colored Dakota sandstone layers around the rim are soft and crumbly Dakota sandstone lying on top of thicker bands of the Entrada Formation, with red, white, black and gray the main colors. The top strata have wildly contrasting tints in quick succession – red then white then orange then black, over a vertical distance of just a few feet. The bright red layers are the result of coloration of shale due to partial burning of the underlying coal. The erosional forms are generally similar to many other Southwest parks (such as Bryce Canyon, Cedar Breaks, Cathedral Gorge and Red Rock Canyon), but none of these can match the variety of both color and form on show at Coal Mine Canyon.

Choosing to shooting Coal Mine Canyon during the monsoon gave me a far better chance of capturing a dramatic sky.


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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Kanaraville Falls

Kannaraville-6986-EditA tighter crop of this image appears in the Water Gallery, but I wanted to include this wider version in my Underground Gallery because the waterfall is deep below vertical canyon walls.

Kanarraville Falls can be found after a short hike along the Kanarra Creek, with ropes and ladders in place it makes a good introduction to slot canyon hiking.

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