Halls of Time
Halls of Time
The walls of this unnamed slot canyon in Zion National Park form a beautiful hourglass shape when paired with their crystalline reflection in the glassy water that fills the floor of the canyon. The water is what remains of a recent flash flood that filled the canyon with water, like the many that shaped this canyon over years of time. The top of the canyon is illuminated by brilliant reflected light from the sun filtering down into the canyon, and reflecting reddish orange in the water below.
It was 4:30pm on day 5 of my Zion fall color trip. I encountered this unnamed slot canyon while scouting a wash looking for original compositions in a less-traveled section of the park. Approaching from the opposite end of the slot, I found it impassable due to deep water and mud, so I climbed up to the top and hiked along the top right rim for the length of the canyon, before making my way back down into the wash at the exit point, and them climbing through a small sandstone archway, which formed the only exit from the canyon. Trekking up the canyon, I soon reached the beginning of the floodwaters, and was greeted by this beautiful hourglass scene and brilliant reflected light. I set up my Intrepid large format 4x5" view camera and made one exposure on Fuji Velvia 100 for 15s @ ƒ/45 using my Schneider 90mm lens.