Ashley and I recently visited Lower Antelope Canyon on the Navajo reservation in Page Arizona. In both the upper and lower canyons there are hidden “slots” that are carved into the Navajo sandstone. Sam, our native guide told us that as a child he and the other children wanted to play in the “slot” canyons but they were not allowed. The Elders believed these to be the “Home of the Spirits”-a spiritual and sacred place –only to be entered in a state of quiet and reverence. Even today the Navajo ask that as you enter you do so in a respectful manner.
Descending into the canyon I had a sense of another time and a “presence” that was not my own. Light and rock worked together as the changing patterns, shapes and colors swirled and curved all around me-truly a magical and beautiful place! There were rocks like giant waves and I found myself “listening” for that roaring sound they make when they hit the beach!
I am not fond of “tight” spaces and there were times when we had to turn our bodies sideways and “wiggle” through the rocks (with camera equipment & backpack!) to continue on in the canyon. When taking camera equipment in you have to be careful of winds gusts up top. They will cause fine sand to sprinkle down that will damage your camera lens if they are not covered. We had a couple of gusts just before we climbed out but we had covers!
Ashley captures some wonderful images and I definitely agree with the Elders…the Spirits must reside here-