Color Slot Canyon (3 photos)

The first hike of 2013 was in the desert, at Anza Borrego Desert State Park. A friend showed me the beautiful slot canyon and other features of the Calcite Mine area. (click on an image to open it in a lightbox)

These slot canyons are deep gashes in the earth, formed by runoff water from rain. The soil is a sandy, baked mud that cannot store or hold any water, but is easily washed out. Hiking inside these canyons is fascinating. The colors in these photographs are not artificial, they are all there, on location, but have been enhanced dramatically with digital development to bring out all the faint nuances and hues that are hidden in it.

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