Hazdistazí | The Navajo Nation

ISO 100| Exposure 1/60 Second | Aperture 4.0 | Focal Length 18.0 mm

We found Antelope Canyon via a Facebook comment posted by my cousin. 

There’s not much between Sedona and Page Arizona, but the speed limits are pretty liberal, so it doesn’t take TOO long to get there—and I have to say that the payoff is worth every bit of effort it takes! 

I’ve never seen anything like Antelope Canyon.  It is comprised of two separate canyons:

Upper Antelope Canyon, Tsé bighánílíní in Navajo (“the place where water runs through rocks”), is quite different from the Lower Canyon, Hazdistazí (“spiral rock arches”).  In fact, other than being somewhat close to each other, the two canyons are really nothing like each other.  

To access the lower canyon, you walk down/through a slit in the rock that one would never suspect of being a gateway to a magical canyon.  Down below, the rocks tower above you, twisting and arching and curving above to places where you generally can’t even see.  Rock bends light creating beautiful colors that change as the sun move across the sky—which you cannot see from inside the canyon. 

Entrance to the Upper Canyon is less dramatic, but no less interesting once inside.  The Upper Canyon’s walls are bathed in even more radical colors than the lower. 

These canyons are well worth more than one photograph.  Please take a look at several more of my shots.  (Click the photo once you get to the next page.)  It should be noted that other than minor touch ups and cropping, these images are largely unedited.  The canyon creates stunning colors for your camera– some of which are able to be seen by your eyes.

no comments

Palacio de Carlos V | Granada

ISO 100 | Exposure 1/200 Second | Aperture 3.5 | Focal Length 18.0 mm

Some might call Charles a hoarder– of clocks, titles and palaces.  In retirement, it’s said that he lined every inch of his apartments with clocks.  Historians are divided on meaning of this– his lack of time while Emperor or his long reign or if maybe he just liked clocks.

As for titles, he had over twenty from all over Europe.  I’m not sure how he could even remember his official name, which was:

Charles, by the grace of God, Holy Roman Emperor, forever August, King of Germany, King of Italy, King of all Spains, of Castile, Aragon, León, Navarra, Grenada, Toledo, Valencia, Galicia, Majorca, Sevilla, Cordova, Murcia, Jaén, Algarves, Algeciras, Gibraltar, the Canary Islands, King of Two Sicilies, of Sardinia, Corsica, King of Jerusalem, King of the Western and Eastern Indies, Lord of the Islands and Main Ocean Sea, Archduke of Austria, Duke of Burgundy, Brabant, Lorraine, Styria, Carinthia, Carniola, Limburg, Luxembourg, Gelderland, Neopatria, Württemberg, Landgrave of Alsace, Prince of Swabia, Asturia and Catalonia, Count of Flanders, Habsburg, Tyrol, Gorizia, Barcelona, Artois, Burgundy Palatine, Hainaut, Holland, Seeland, Ferrette, Kyburg, Namur, Roussillon, Cerdagne, Drenthe, Zutphen, Margrave of the Holy Roman Empire, Burgau, Oristano and Gociano, Lord of Frisia, the Wendish March, Pordenone, Biscay, Molin, Salins, Tripoli and Mechelen

Geesch! Imagine having to write that on your checks!

His other love was building palaces.  He had many throughout the lands and when he visited Granada, he decided to build one in the Alhambra to forever link himself to the ancient Nasrid dynasty.  The Palace of Charles the V (1526) was never completed and never lived in by Charles.  The palace is a massive square with a huge circular courtyard in the middle.  While it dominates much of the physical space of the Alhambra, it is one of the least impressive spaces in the complex.

no comments

La Señora Flor | Granada

ISO 100 | Exposure 1/125 Second | Aperture 5.6 | Focal Length 130 mm

After a long day of touring the Alhambra, drinks and people watching in La Plaza Nueva were welcome downtime.  This plaza– more of a super wide sidewalk on Calle Reyes Católicos– has numerous al fresco restaurants, tourist shops and a lady selling flowers.

Spanish sidewalk flower shops are no joke.  They have buckets upon buckets of flowers of every variety.  We saw several of these in different cities– all very impressive.  We watched one pack up for the night in Madrid.  The way that the guy packed all his flowers and goods into his little structure was like watching a massive game of Tetris.

no comments

Plaza de Oriente | Madrid

ISO 100| Exposure 1/50 Second | Aperture 5.6 | Focal Length 168 mm

I’ll admit it; I’m addicted to reality TV.  Sadly,  it’s not always readily available, especially when traveling.  Sometimes you just have to make do with people watching.  While waiting for Katie, I watched this very flirtatious couple in the Plaza de Oriente, across from the Palacio Real de Madrid.  Thanks to my trusty telephoto lens, I got some fun shots of them.

Plaza de Oriente wasn’t quite as big or impressive as guide books imply.  Perhaps it was scaled back as it was designed in the 1730’s, but construction wasn’t started until the reign of King José I (1808-1813), Napoleon Bonaparte’s brother.  In the interim period, 56 buildings were built on the land, including a church, a library and several convents—all of which were torn down in the construction.  The Plaza finally opened to the public in 1850.  Dictator Francisco Franco frequently addressed the Spanish people in the Plaza.

no comments

In Memoriam | Uncle Henry

no comments