Slot Canyon Top View

Slot Canyon of Middle Fork Palm Wash, near the old Calcite Mine, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California. October 2013.

Slot Canyon of Middle Fork Palm Wash, near the old Calcite Mine, Anza Borrego Desert State Park, California. October 2013.

Top view into the lower part of the eastern slot canyon of Middle Fork Palm Wash, near Calcite Mine.

I can’t deny that these abstract, intimate extractions of and from the landscape are one of my favorite photography subjects. I prefer to photograph landscapes like these in the brief time that is commonly known or referred to as the “golden” or “blue” hour – civil twilight. In the absence of direct sunlight, details and color can be captured that would otherwise be rendered “invisible” by harsh light and hard contrasts. Carefully post processing brings out the multitude of colors and structures of these fascinating places in the desert.

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