I just finished a wonderful photography excursion with my friends Bobbie Baird and Ken Fox. Our leader was photographer Frank Comisar from Scenic Aperture and the experience was truly amazing and a gift for the soul. In fact, we were all participants in Frank’s first Photography MASTER CLASS called “Navajo Nation Journey.”
Located just outside of Page, Arizona, Horseshoe Bend overlooks one of the most spectacular views on the Colorado River, 4 miles south of the Glen Canyon Dam. When you reach the edge of Horseshoe Bend you are looking down about 1000 feet of sandstone to the Colorado River as it makes a wide sweep around a sandstone escarpment. Long ago, as the river meandered southward toward the sea, it always chose the steepest downward slope. This downward journey did not always occur in a straight line, and sometimes the river made wide circles and meanders. As the Colorado Plateau uplifted about 5 million years ago, the rivers that meandered across the ancient landscape were trapped in their beds. The rivers cut through the rock, deep and fast, seeking a new natural level. Here at Horseshoe Bend, the Colorado River did just that, and as the river cut down through the layers of sandstone, it created a 270° horseshoe-shaped bend in the canyon.
Adapted from HorseshoeBend.com
This photograph was taken at sunset and the experience of photographing Horseshoe Bend is not for the “faint of heart.” One needs to take time to slowly move closer to the edge of a sandstone cliff and one constantly needs to check the stability of the ground underneath both yourself and your tripod.