Living Wilderness: Wildlife and Nature Photography by Kevin Ebi

Living Wilderness Nature Photography
Dramatic nature photography that captures a living wilderness. By Kevin Ebi.

Shaft of Light and Tumbleweed, Antelope Canyon, Arizona

A vibrant shaft of light illuminates a tumbleweed on the floor of Antelope Canyon in Page, Arizona. Antelope Canyon is a very narrow canyon, called a slot canyon, that was carved by violent flash floods. Because it's narrow and dozens of feet deep, beams of light form only when the sun is nearly overhead, lighting up the blowing sand that fills the canyon. This beam lasted only a few minutes.


Notes from the field

Antelope Canyon, like any of the really scenic slot canyons, is narrow and deep, so the shafts of light typically make it only to the canyon floor for a couple months right around the summer solstice. While the beams get all the attention, I find the swoops and other patterns on the canyon walls tremendously fascinating as well. This is one of my favorite images from Antelope Canyon because it includes both.

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