Image No. 49 thru No. 51 – The Slot
To walk in a slot canyon is a unique experience. Standing within a slit of rock about 50-100 feet below the surface can be a bit claustrophobic, but it can also be exhilarating and awe inspiring. One of the world’s most famous of these is Antelope Canyon just outside Page, Arizona.
The only drawback to the experience is that you are squeezed into it with literally hundreds of others from around the world. The feeling at times is that of rush hour in the subways of New York. My first visit many years ago was quite different. Then, you paid a rather stiff fee and were allowed to wander around at your leisure for as long as you wished. Now, you pay an even stiffer fee (cash only, please) and you either go with a group and a guide for a short limited time, or for an additional fee (you must have a tripod), you can go on your own but are limited to two hours!! That wouldn’t be so bad if it weren’t for the other hundred folks there with you making it difficult to move along since in many spots, if one person stops, they hold up the progress of all those behind. But there are so many people taking self portraits, I almost lost it a few times while waiting for these people to record themselves!! Does a person really need a picture of themselves every ten feet along the path!?!? Or an individual picture with every person in their group!!
I think my time there was definitely influenced by the carnival atmosphere. I just never made a connection to the images I was taking as I did so many other times previously on the trip. I think the photos I returned with reflect that, especially after viewing them all and not really seeing much that really struck me as worthy of the place.