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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 70963 Palo Duro Canyon 20071102-70966 Rock Climbers 71012
Dead Wood In Grass 71013 Capitol Peak 71050 Alternate Park Road 5 [71084] Red Rock 20071103-71104
Palo Duro Canyon 71139 Deer On Two Legs 71162 Deer Closeup 71185 Palo Duro Canyon Dawn 20071104-71199
Palo Duro Canyon At Sunrise 71207 Palo Duro Canyon 71229 Palo Duro Canyon 71245 Palo Duro Canyon 71249
Palo Duro Canyon Panorama 71258-63 Palo Duro Canyon 71271 Yucca 71294 Brown Grasshopper 71351
Toad Suck Bog 71353 Green Grasshopper 71367 Girl At The Old West Stables 71381 Palo Duro Canyon Sunrise 71391
Palo Duro Canyon At Sunrise 71394 Wild Turkey 20071105-71417 Wild Turkey Closeup 71442 Palo Duro Canyon 71462
Old Gnarly Tree 20071106-71573 Palo Duro Canyon Panorama 71759-60 Palo Duro Canyon Panorama 71756-61 Palo Duro Canyon 71762
Palo Duro Canyon 71763 Palo Duro Canyon 71819 Palo Duro Sunrise 20071108-71838 Crossed Contrails 71998
Licking Its Chops 20071109-72054 Palo Duro Canyon 72072 Palo Duro Canyon 72075 Palo Duro Canyon 20071110-72095
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Palo Duro Canyon 72176 Palo Duro Canyon 72177 Shuttered Window 72224 Wild Turkey 72278
Palo Duro Canyon Cloud 72299 Water Fountain 72231 Palo Duro Canyon 71775 Palo Duro Canyon 72056
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