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Palo Duro Canyon 2007 Gallery

Called the Grand Canyon of Texas by many people, Palo Duro Canyon (the 132nd camp of my Photo Odyssey and first major photography stop of my Winter 2007/8 tour) might lack the immense scale and scope of Arizona's Grand Canyon, but if one disregards the comparison, Palo Duro Canyon in its own way is equally beautiful and far more accessible. Our camp was in the canyon itself.

I find Palo Duro Canyon something of a mix between a vastly scaled down Grand Canyon and the red rock country around Sedona, Arizona. Like Sedona, Palo Duro Canyon has a lot of red rock, but none of Sedona’s striking formations, and unlike the Grand Canyon, the floor of Palo Duro is not barren but covered with trees, cactus, and other plant life, so Palo Duro is actually unique to itself, at least in my experience.

The most startling feature of Palo Duro Canyon though is that it was carved out of the high plains (Llano Estacado) of the Texas panhandle – where the surrounding countryside is flat as a pancake and in many ways, equally as boring visually – and when one first sees the canyon in that setting, appearing almost as an apparition, the sight is almost unreal.
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Palo Duro Canyon 20071110-72095 Deer On Two Legs 71162 Old Gnarly Tree 20071106-71573
Palo Duro Canyon 71229 Palo Duro Canyon 71249 Licking Its Chops 20071109-72054 Girl At The Old West Stables 71381
Palo Duro Canyon 72177 Palo Duro Canyon Dawn 20071104-71199 Palo Duro Sunrise 20071108-71838 Palo Duro Canyon 72097
Crossed Contrails 71998 Palo Duro Canyon Panorama 71759-60 Palo Duro Canyon 71763 Wild Turkey 20071105-71417
Alternate Park Road 5 [71084] Palo Duro Canyon 71762 Palo Duro Canyon 71271 Palo Duro Canyon 72139
Palo Duro Canyon 72176 Red Rock 20071103-71104 Palo Duro Canyon 72098 Capitol Peak 71050
Palo Duro Canyon At Sunrise 71394 Palo Duro Canyon Sunrise 71391 Palo Duro Canyon 72072 Rock Climbers 71012
Palo Duro Canyon 20071102-70966 Palo Duro Canyon 71819 Toad Suck Bog 71353 Palo Duro Canyon 72112
Deer Closeup 71185 Palo Duro Canyon 71245 Palo Duro Canyon 71139 Palo Duro Canyon 71462
Palo Duro Canyon At Sunrise 71207 Shuttered Window 72224 Palo Duro Canyon 72075 Palo Duro Canyon Cloud 72299
Wild Turkey 72278 Palo Duro Canyon 70963 Wild Turkey Closeup 71442 Palo Duro Canyon Panorama 71756-61
Dead Wood In Grass 71013 Palo Duro Canyon Panorama 71258-63 Brown Grasshopper 71351 Green Grasshopper 71367
Palo Duro Canyon 71775 Yucca 71294 Palo Duro Canyon 72119 Palo Duro Canyon 72076
Water Fountain 72231 Palo Duro Canyon 72056