Slot Canyons in Paige, Arizona…
“… a place where I still could get lost;
a world in which solitude seemed magical, not lonely;
a labyrinth so huge and complex
that it makes a mockery of my ambitions to dent it.” ~~ D. Roberts
“Those who dwell among the beauties and mysteries of the earth,
are never alone or weary of life.” ~~ Rachel Carson
Our photo excursion included a re-visit to Canyon X in Paige, AZ. These slot canyons are Navajo sandstone created by wind and water over time. In the featured photograph and the photograph above, I used a photographic technique called “focus stacking.” These images were created from a series of approximately “8” exposures – each photograph focused on a different part of the image and then were blended together to make one image. This creates a photograph that has great depth of field both near and far.
For me, “Canyon X” is magical. I love the colors; I love the texture; I love the designs. There was beauty above me and all around me. I was seemingly embraced by a magical essence – an intricate tapestry – like embroidering on canvas that was bathed in light.
Cascading sand gives the impression of ghostly apparitions in “Canyon X.”
“…The walls of Canyon X begin to close in and suddenly we turn right, facing a narrow crack in a sandstone wall. This is the entrance to the lower slot in Canyon X – the red walls rise up to 150 feet above us. At its narrowest point, the canyon is a mere three feet across. The sky becomes a thin ribbon of blue high above and the sandstone walls take on the fluidity of blown glass. Thousands of years of erosion have left one wall smooth while the other has grooves and ridges like a vinyl record…”
from “The Inner Light” by Erika Ayn Finch ~ THE SEDONA MONTHLY
“The hero is the one who kindles a great light in the world, who sets up blazing torches
in the dark streets of life for men to see by.
The saint is the man who walks through the dark paths of the world,
himself a light. ” ~Felix Adler
“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness,
to pull another hand into the light.” ~Norman B. Rice
Canyon X was truly amazing. However, I was very grateful that the snakes, spiders and scorpions were in hibernation!
“May the blessing of Light be on you, light without and light within…”
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”
Yes, here we are in Canyon X and I am proud to say that we all graduated from Frank’s
first Photography MASTER CLASS.
The experience was a spiritual quest with a new appreciation of the earth and Native American culture
with life-long friends.