The tour guide who safely led our party through the Lower Antelope Canyon near Page, Arizona, last month took a lot of his time to point out rock formations that happened to resemble people’s faces or animals in battle. Frankly, I had some trouble seeing some of them … but this one was easy to visualize — cock your head and look straight up to find “Rocky Mountain”.
Rock solid. Between a rock and a hard place. Hard as a rock. So many of expressions and clichés are built upon the durability of rocks.
And yet, wandering through the maze that makes up the Lower Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona, one can only be struck by how malleable rock truly is.
It was water that carved out the canyon. And with every summer rainstorm, it is water that continues to shape and reshape the place.
The result is visually stunning, of course — sunlight giving life to a wavy, rippling red-rock landscape reaching dozens of metres deep.
This is the view from one of the many breathtaking viewpoints along Hermit Road in Grand Canyon National Park, at Grand Canyon Village, Arizona. Our party had been dodging clouds on and off, all afternoon, a couple of Fridays ago and it was fortunate they had moved along far enough by day’s end to allow for some decent photography.