Horseshoe Bend Pano
© Luxgnos Photography / Brian Callahan 2011 All rights reserved.
I wanted to do something different with Horseshoe Bend this time. Wanted to show the walls. this pano flattens the side walls a bit, but I think it gives a certain sense of scale not acheived with a single image wide angle photo. I had to take some quality out of the file to handle FLICKR's file size limit. The original is 43MB.
Horseshoe Bend is the name for a horseshoe-shaped meander of the Colorado River located near the town of Page, Arizona, in the United States. The bend is locally known as "King Bend." It is located five miles (8.7 km) downstream from the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Powell within Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, about four miles or 6 km southwest of Page. Accessible via a ½-mile (0.8 km) hike from U.S. Route 89, it can be viewed from the steep cliff above. According to Google terrain maps, the overlook is 4,200 feet above sea level and the Colorado River is at 3,200 feet above sea level making it a breathtaking 1,000 foot drop. It is also the suicide capital of Arizona.
I'm not so sure about that last bit, although quite a few folks have fallen to their deaths here.