Second Place Photo

Falls in National Canyon came in as a close second. I really love this image, but it took a while to move to that level for me. Its the funny thing with art. Its like the song on a CD that you dont really care for that much on first listen, but after re-visiting it a couple of times it really grows on you. This picture is like that for me.

National Canyon is another side canyon we visitied on our rafting trip down the Colorado River. We had been on the river for 167 miles at this stage and decided to have a rest day at National. Our camp site on the river was exposed to full sun during the day so everyone was resigned to spending the day in the side canyon to escape the heat of the day. I decided not to go on a long hike to explore the uper reaches of the Canyon like many in our party. On this day I collected up my camera gear and just wandered slowly into the canyon and spent time creating images every step of the way. It was one of those truley Zen experiances.

The water trickled slowyly through the canyon, sometimes falling in a narrow stream, sometime widening into a shallow pool. At every step there were opportunites to see the water a different way. This fall is not very high – maybe two feet. I love the simplicity of the scean, but also the erosion process it so elequently illustrates.

This image was made a little after midday using the Nikkor 12-24 mm f/4.0 zoom set to 12mm. Exposure was 1/10 of a second at f/8.0 – ISO 160.