Photo of the Day Contest
Tse Bighanilini by Hans van de Vorst
Monday, 11th December 2006

Tse Bighanilini

by Hans van de Vorst

Antelope (you can see the Antelope here) Canyon is formed over the course of millions of years by erosion of the surrounding sandstone (in this case, Navajo Sandstone), primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to wind erosion. Rainwater (especially during monsoon season) runs into the wash that Antelope Canyon is part of, picking up speed and sand as it rushes through the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors wider and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock. We were guided by Chief Tsosie, a Navajo chief. Here you can see his beautiful website. You will enjoy it for sure, hear the Chief and his magic flute echoing in the canyon. Tse Bighanilini in Navajo means "the place where water runs through rocks".
Hans van de Vorst
I'm particularly interested in people captured in a perfect moment, documentary style. Yes, I love the great Magnum photographers and especially their B&W's. Their pictures tell a compelling story and to achieve that is very diffcult. Both women and landscapes are my second love.

Tse Bighanilini by Hans van de Vorst was photo of the day on Monday, 11th December 2006. It is tagged , , . You can leave a comment below.


11th December 2006 at 5:30 am

Incredible and delightful shot.The colour and dof is exceptional.Perfectly composed and captured


11th December 2006 at 9:29 pm


Sheila Prost

2nd July 2007 at 3:57 am

It’s secure, and warming and massive all at the same time.



17th July 2007 at 11:08 pm

Wow! A unique and complex photo. The texture and structure as well as its colour are incredible. Great photo. Well done!


26th September 2007 at 9:25 am

Antelope canyon is every photographer’s delight.


11th December 2007 at 9:10 am

The shot is fabulous absolutely stunning. Equally as good is your description and profile. Very interesting. You also have an interesting website.

Peter Cooney

4th May 2008 at 11:37 pm



10th December 2008 at 8:38 am

Awesome shot, somewhere to visit one day.


30th August 2009 at 11:09 am

Love the texture and contours of this shot.

25th September 2009 at 6:19 pm

I love the design of it.

4th November 2009 at 6:49 pm

Thanks guys & girls, it’s an oldie but a goodie. Antelope Canyon is sheer magic.


11th December 2009 at 5:37 pm

Incredible shot!

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