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Day's End

Arizona's Lake Powell was created when the Glen Canyon Dam was built in Page Arizona, effectively stopping the flow of the Colorado River and, thereby, flooding what many consider to have been the most beautiful and diverse canyon in the southwest - Glen Canyon. Today, the contrast of the sunsplashed red monoliths and the sparkling blue waters of the lake create a photographer's dreamscape; however, dramatic perspectives are not easy to find - or get to. Alstrom Point is my favorite; it overlooks Gunsite Butte in Padre Bay with Navajo Mountain providing a dramatic backdrop.

 

An hour or so before sunset is my favorite time to photograph this area, as the light can be very warm with the rocks' reflections playing in the still waters of the bay. Getting to Alstrom Point can be quite arduous and does require a high clearance suv. The trip takes about an hour and a half on a spectacular but rough and rutted dirt road which is impassable when wet, but after some "rock climbing" in your vehicle and literally driving on rockbeds (not to be confused with roads) for the final several miles of this jarring journey, it all becomes worthwhile when you finally stand overlooking the lake. The vistas here are as dramatic as any I've come upon just about anywhere. A gps or compass will be helpful when leaving the area during the fading light since there is neither any discernable road nor markers of any kind to guide you for the first few miles as you head back to town. Glen Canyon National Recreation Area / Page, Arizona.

  

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Taken on July 10, 2009