“Arizona, the Grand Canyon state”. Or so say the local registration plates that do not support a local sports team or a personal 1-word mission statement.
Seems a tad reductive, though. There are so many canyons around here and they come in all shapes, sizes and … colours.During my trip, I had hoped to visit Blue Canyon. But it is a hard to get to canyon, requiring high clearance 4x4s and a guide.Extra research produced wonderful alternate candidates: Coal Mine Canyon and Ha Ho No Geh Canyon. Easily accessible, beautiful and not yet over-photographed. And, did I mention : blue.But that didn’t happen either. My fault. Bad planning plus unforeseen events meant I arrived on site at completely the wrong time, so I didn’t bother driving 30 miles from Tuba City.But remember that post on Holbrook and how I mentioned its proximity to Petrified Forest?
Petrified Forest is not all about petrified trunks lying on the ground. It is also home to Blue Mesa, a trail through, you guessed it, a blue canyon.
And Blue Mesa sure delivered, as you can see on these photographs.
I don’t usually fuss about golden hours but my advise is to make the effort to turn up when the sun is low. The blue tones in these canyons are a grey blue to pale violet and easily washed out. Even at 10 AM, see here, it is getting dodgy.Gear: this was one of my 35 + 50 days (Distagon 35/1.4 ZM & C-Sonnar 50/1.5 ZM). A polariser was used for both. Camera: my faithful Sony A7r, which did its very best to screw up every single shot with poor white balance decisions but also shone with great dynamic range. Next stop, slightly further North. But that will be for another day. I’ll be offline for a few days. Be seeing you 🙂
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