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Alstrom Point, Lake Powell | by Mark P Betts
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Alstrom Point, Lake Powell

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This is my favorite zoomed image from the photographs.

 

That's Navajo Mountain on the horizon. I'm standing on Alstrom Point and the point that extends from the left underneath Navajo Mountain is called Gunsite Butte. Padre Bay surrounds the butte.

 

I kept taking photos until I filled all my memory cards and then I noticed that it had become quite dark and I was still a mile away from the car and only had a vague idea of where the trail went. I also had forgotten my AA flashlight.

 

I started down the trail and as it got darker I was surprised to find that I could still see well enough to navigate and avoid falling.

 

Pretty soon I could hear my brother calling and so I gave him a shout and enjoyed the soft breeze that had wafted in with the sunset.

 

My hints:

 

1. Go early

2. Drive all the way to the point

3. Keep photographing after sunset

4. Take time to enjoy the panorama

 

re: number 3 above - some of the best photographs that I have seen are taken well past actual sundown. How can you tell when that is? There is a red light on an antenna on top of Navajo mountain and if it is showing in your pictures, you are in the prime light. These were taken a little before that.

 

Lake Powell flooded Glen Canyon that was cut by the Colorado River. The canyon itself is fairly young with many estimates centering around 5 mya, contemporaneous with the Grand Canyon. The canyon is cut through Late Triassic and Early to Middle Jurassic sandstones and shales. Navajo Mountain is a Tertiary volcano that was active about 15 mya.

 

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Uploaded on November 12, 2010