Admiring the Shade

Trip Start Jul 02, 2007
Trip End Jul 06, 2007

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Flag of United States  , Arizona
Tuesday, July 3, 2007

     It is necessary to take a moment to acknowledge shade, which generally loses all of its glory to its more desirable and generally more sought-after counterpart, sunlight. Shade became our lifeline in the Havasupai region. Generally, it was 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the shade. Shade also kept us from burning, which could happen within minutes in 112 degree weather. But beyond its usefulness, shade also possesses a certain beauty, a darkness that defiantly contrasts the brightness of sunlight.
     These images, taken from the canyon bottom, capture the beauty of the shaded canyon walls against the blue sky, flowing between the rigid edges of the canyon cliffs like the river that likely rushed in the same pattern thousands of years ago. The contrast and the parallel: light and dark, top and bottom, but two rivers, just the same.
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