Monday, 11th December 2006
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.