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A mix of old and new images from Upper Antelope Canyon shoots.

Upper Antelope Canyon is called Tsé bighánílíní, "the place where water runs through rocks" by the Navajo. It 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. Winter colors are a little more muted.

Originally captured in 2010, I have found some lost gems and I'm refreshing & upgrading many of the others. These canyons have been so over shot since I saw the first images of it in the 90's, I hesitated even going here for years. But it has so much to offer for photographers. And I think everyone comes away with something unique.

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All Images © Bart Aldrich, All Rights Reserved. Please contact for permission.

Light, Shadow & Color Magic Light Bask in the Light # 7759 Mystic Passage
Wood-like Textures in Stone Cascading Light Slot Windows Sun Flare Entering an Enigma
Natural Cathedral The unavoidable cell-phone shooter. Inner Canyon Glow Upward Sand falling in light shafts
Ceiling Light Canyon Heart Light Trails Canyon Secrets Hidden Secrets
Magic & Mystery Formations by Eons of Water Erosion The rear exit/entrance Canyon Whispers A light in the darkness...
Nature's Magic Canyon Heart Sun, sun, sun, here it comes! Canyon Light & Colors Nature's Sanctuary
Magic Light Light, Rock  & Sand Canyon Warmth Canyon only nature can Silent Passage
Shadow, Light & Textures Nature's Magic _DSC7894nik80.jpg Heart of Gold _DSC7864.jpg
Seen from Outside... Red Rock Shadow-play Entry Hall Navajo Spirits?