The very thing that draws me to these slot canyons over and over again is the light. The endless pools of reflected light, the warm orange and pink glows, the cool blue depths of the shadows, the rich textures in the stone – all of it. These things combine with the deep, sinuous depths of the canyons as they wind left and right, up and down through the earth's crust giving us a portal to another world. It's a world of silence, calm, peace and sanctity. It's a world that never changes on its own, and yet can do so suddenly when water and earth collide in a deluge of mud and water from a flash flood.
This particular canyon is one of my favorites, as it is even deeper, darker, and more rich in texture and tone than some of the others I've spent time in. I love returning to this place, and hope to continue doing so again and again in the future. Each time I return, I get to know the place a little better. I see it a little more clearly, and get a feel for its character on a slightly deeper level. It's an ongoing relationship with meaningful places that tends to produce the best experiences, and as a result, the best images.
This particular image is a vertical panorama of about 4-5 images made in horizontal orientation and combined to maximize field of view in the extremely narrow canyon. The entire canyon is only 3 feet wide in this section.
This is one of the slot canyons in the Domelands section of the Coyote Mountains Wilderness Area near Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. On any visit to the wilderness, remember to be extremely respectful of the land, leave absolutely no trace, and pick up any litter you may find in order to leave this cherished place better than you found it so that both future generations and wildlife may continue to experience this delicate area as it was created.