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Sun Beam entering Upper Antelope Canyon, Arizona, USA.

Antelope Canyon is the most-visited and most-photographed slot canyon in the American Southwest. It is located on Navajo land near Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon formed over the course of millions of years by erosion of the Navajo Sandstone, primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to wind erosion. Rainwater (especially during monsoon season) runs into the wash that Antelope Canyon is part of, picking up speed and sand as it rushes through the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors wider and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic ‘flowing’ shapes in the rock. Upper Antelope Canyon, called Tse bighanilini, “the place where water runs through rocks” by the Navajo, is the most frequently visited by tourists, due to two considerations. First, its entrance and entire length are at ground level, requiring no climbing. Second, beams (shafts of direct sunlight radiating down from openings in the top of the canyon) are much more common in Upper than in Lower. Beams occur most often in the summer months, as they require the sun to be high in the sky.
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  • Mark German
    Mark Germanover 7 years ago

    This is a superb series, Christophe.

  • brummieboy
    brummieboyover 7 years ago

    Stunning !!!!

  • Terri Foster
    Terri Fosterover 7 years ago

    Wonderful lighting and capture of this slot canyon.

  • helene
    heleneover 7 years ago


  • Gracey
    Graceyover 7 years ago

    I recognized this right away – this is one of my favourites of yours.

  • Damiend
    Damiendover 7 years ago

    Absolutely Stunning!

  • wellman
    wellmanover 7 years ago

    stunning work – lighting is exquisite

  • lonebearimages
    lonebearimagesover 7 years ago

    One of the better takes on this slot canyon that I’ve seen in a while. Superb range of tones in this, and your exposure is spot-on. Excellent details. This works sublimely well in the vertical format! Very, very nice work, Christophe! Cheers! Chris

  • DawsonImages
    DawsonImagesover 7 years ago

    beautiful take on this icon, magical!

  • dairygirl
    dairygirlover 7 years ago

    truly amazing shot, love it

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