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In The Slot

In order to prepare for the swarming mass of humanity that is Vegas during CES, we first spent a few days in the still and the silence of the Arizona desert, exploring landscapes that had echoed through our reading.

One place we visited was Antelope Slot Canyon, on Navajo tribal land near Page. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been, a narrow ribbon carved through twisted layers of sandstone, worn away by the wind and the dust. This is what nature's sandblaster can do, given a few million years.

In the slot

In the slot

In the slot

We will be back, some spring day when the light is at its best.

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liveavatar
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)
These really are gorgeous. Particularly the first photo, which reminds me of cubist Picasso.
quercus
Jan. 14th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
I was thinking of cheesy TV and the "Roald Dahl's Tales of the Unexpected" credits
lil_shepherd
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:40 am (UTC)
Oh wow! I am now deeply envious. Oh wow...
moral_vacuum
Jan. 14th, 2008 10:58 am (UTC)
That's truly one of the most amazing places on the planet. I class it alongside the cave full of giant crystals (as seen on the BBC's "Planet Earth").
maetang
Jan. 14th, 2008 05:16 pm (UTC)
Wow! Amazing, and especially the top photo.
sbisson
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:18 am (UTC)
More to come!
davesslave
Jan. 14th, 2008 06:09 pm (UTC)
That is exquisite! Of all the time I have spent in the desert, I have not visited that area. How difficult is it to get there?
sbisson
Jan. 17th, 2008 02:17 am (UTC)
It's just a mile or so outside Page AZ. You do need a guide to enter it though - it's on tribal lands and there were some flash flood fatalities a few years back.
(Anonymous)
Jan. 20th, 2008 08:55 am (UTC)
Page to Monument Valley
Small world Simon. I remember us sitting next ot each other at ECSoft, at least occasionally: in that ill fated eCommerce Group.

I stayed in page for a few days and saw AC as well: very, very impressive. But next time your there try driving from Page to Monument Valley - so that you get there before 6am, the sunrise / opening time. Now that is a trip I will not forget: do it on a school day if possible.

The 1st Mesa Hopi Indian reservation was, for me, even more impressive: I was lucky enough to time it during a festival. But photographs are a no no - at least for non Hopi & the very early drive from Page is a bummer!
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