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Frozen Fire

Another one from Antelope Canyon. The colors really are this wild. It is well worth a visit if you are near Lake Powell. If there is a geologist among you, I'd like to know how these crazy shapes formed. Normally sandstone doesn't seem to do this.

Have a good weekend!

Frozen Fire

Another one from Antelope Canyon. The colors really are this wild. It is well worth a visit if you are near Lake Powell. If there is a geologist among you, I'd like to know how these crazy shapes formed. Normally sandstone doesn't seem to do this.

Have a good weekend!

comments (25)

  • VZ
  • Atlanta, Georgia, United States
  • 9 May 2008, 00:29
This one is much less postcardy, in comparison to your previous shot of this canyon, Martin. I think the upper 1/3 could be painlessly cut off without much loss to the image, don't you think?
  • martie
  • Okinawa, soon to be US
  • 9 May 2008, 01:07
It looks like Mother Nature is doing a dance with beautifully coloured scarves. This is gorgeous! It's amazing that something so hard can look so soft and flowing. Excellent!!
  • AStrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 9 May 2008, 05:02
It ia amazing what nature gives in this rich colourung and shapes....it would have been very vulcanic and hot many many many years ago, great colours.
Have a great weekend too.
  • AStrid
  • The Netherlands
  • 9 May 2008, 05:03
It ia amazing what nature gives in this rich colouring and shapes....it would have been very vulcanic and hot many many many years ago, great colours.
Have a great weekend too.
  • Catalpa
  • Newcastle
  • 9 May 2008, 05:06
Quite extraordinary!I still struggle a bit to get the sense of scale, but the forms and the colours are amazing.
I love those flowing lines, must be paradise for abstracts. I think the shapes are caused by water and wind ersosion increased by sand and rubble that get picked up.
  • Ginnie
  • Atlanta, GA, United States
  • 9 May 2008, 05:53
This has the feel of molten lava just starting to cool off and solidify, Martin. It really is quite unbelievable!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 9 May 2008, 07:16
It took me a few moments, and only after I have read you text that I have started to realise what I am looking at. The overhanging part to the left (which would get lost in a one third crop) was a great aid in orientation.

It must be quite an experience to see this in real life and you made an excellent abstract picture out of it.

I will send an e-card to Huibri - she is a geologist and may be able to explain.
This is surreal Martin. Mother Nature offers us such beauties!
Excellent capture.
Wow! Amazing picture. I had to look several times to realise what I was looking at...
Love the crop and colors.
The wind causes this in sandstone , I believe. It's amazing the changes sandstone can make from wind erosion. I'm linking a photo of a sandstone building that has stood on this spot by the sea for about eighty years. I've seen the same type of erosion on cliffs on a harbour walk in Sydney, Aus.
http://www.justpictureit.shutterchance.com/photoblog/Weathered_Stone_/
It's a beautiful photo you have, Martin.
This is a cracking shot !!
This is nothing less that perfect! Cutting 1/3 will cut out the depth and make the picture feel confined.
/Jonas
  • tim
  • leeds uk
  • 9 May 2008, 15:20
UNBELIEVABLE SHOT, really is a fantastic scene Martin and great to look atsmile
Swirling silks to me Martin. richard
  • Ted
  • United States
  • 9 May 2008, 17:34
This is gorgeous, Martin!
  • Blackdog
  • Home Sweet Home
  • 9 May 2008, 19:09
Just goes to show that nature is the bess artist - wonderful abstract shapes and forms. The colour combinations in the bottom half remind me of some Mark Rothko paintings we have in London. Must be quite an experience to be in place to see this and have the opportunity to photograph it.
  • DrAW!
  • nigeria
  • 9 May 2008, 19:43
i officially dub you the master of composition on sc (you can only refuse the title by suggesting someone else tongue)
  • Ellie
  • here
  • 9 May 2008, 22:14
I'm not a geologist, but I'd think the shapes were made by wind and water. It's amazing, my first thought was that it was swirling silk.
Wow - this nearly looked like it was something abstract. Or it looks like when i cut my clay up and stack it many times... oooo so pretty.
I've never seen anything like this before Martin - a brilliant capture!
  • laanba
  • Houston, TX
  • 10 May 2008, 04:04
These formations are absolutely beautiful. I hope I can see them one day.
Hallo Martin, I just did a search on wikipedia, and saw this: Antelope Canyon was formed by erosion of Navajo Sandstone,primarily due to flash flooding and secondarily due to other sub-aerial processes. Rainwater, especially during monsoon season, runs into the extensive basin above the slot canyon sections, picking up speed and sand as it rushes into the narrow passageways. Over time the passageways are eroded away, making the corridors deeper and smoothing hard edges in such a way as to form characteristic 'flowing' shapes in the rock.

I love your picture!
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