Yesterday's Light

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Kasha-Katuwe 1 (305, EM1)

Kasha-Katuwe (or Tent Rocks) National Monument is a little less than an hour from Santa Fe, NM.  It’s a very small national monument that features tent shaped rocks like the one shown here.  Some of them have little “hats” on top and look like toadstools (similar to the toadstool-like formations visible in other parts of the southwest).  These formations are the result of volcanic eruptions – and then weathering – that took place about 6 million years ago.

The tent rocks were interesting, but what really got my attention was a very narrow and fairly dark slot canyon that ran through the park.  It may not be as “good” a slot as Antelope Canyon or Peek-a-Boo, but it’s not too bad.

Kasha-Katuwe 2 (291, EM1)

Like all slots, it’s not a good place to be if there’s threatening weather in the area.  The walls of the canyon are roughly 1,000 feet high.

We’ve spent the last few days in Sedona, AZ.  Two days ago we were hiking along an old dirt road toward a structure known as Devil’s Bridge (an exotic name for a somewhat interesting arch).  A couple of miles out we crossed paths with two couples and as we passed we heard one of the women say that she “was actually from Webster”.  We stopped in our tracks and politely asked her, “Which Webster?”

“Webster, NY”, she said.  I quickly bit my tongue to avoid saying, “You mean where life is worth living?”  My wife would have killed me.

We were surprised to learn that they lived within walking distance of us.  I mean, how likely is that?

Anyway, I guess it really is a small world………


4 Responses to “Kasha-Katuwe”

  1. Kathryn Jensen

    Beautiful. Is this between Santa Fe and Sedona? It’s beautiful. So many small out of the way places to visit, so little time.

    • Paul Maxim

      Good morning, Kathryn. Actually, yes. We passed the exit (on I-25 S) again on our way to Albuquerque and I-40 and then Flagstaff on our way to Sedona. No question about it – way too many places, way too little time. At least the weather is good here (70’s). I checked your weather earlier. Still winter, huh?

  2. Earl Moore

    Paul, yeah, I’d want to check the weather forecast for a wide local area before venturing into a slot canyon such as this. I’ve seen some videos and it’s amazing how quickly they can become filled with raging water from downpours many miles away.

    It seems the E-M1 is working well for you if the photos you’re posting are any measure.

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, the EM-1 is working pretty well. I still don’t like the way the primary focus point seems to drift in the viewfinder (I prefer to use spot focusing) but I haven’t figured out how to make it stay “frozen” in the center of the frame. Not a huge problem, though. And it sure as heck is a lot easier and lighter to haul around!


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