Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves (in Canyon de Chelly)

I have been waiting for an opportunity to highlight a few of my Canyon de Chelly pictures. This amazing place is located in North Eastern Arizona and is owned by the Navajo (Dine) tribe. I was fortunate to spend a week with a group of writers on the land of a Dine family, at the bottom of this Canyon. Tourists can only access the Canyon to a certain point and then must hire someone to take them further into the area, either by truck (the so-called "Shake 'n Bakes" – you get rattled and baked by the sun sitting on the back of a truck), horseback, or by foot.
The Canyon is full of ancient pictographs; even broken pot shards that cannot be taken away. When you sit still, on one of the rock ledges, the wind tells you about this place. The "Star Cave" picture and poem in an older post convey the raw spiritual power of this ancient site (https://beautyalongtheroad.wordpress.com/2013/01/04/star-cave-2/?preview=true&preview_id=43&preview_nonce=e40c81b74d).

Here is the view from the top. When you follow the curve of the river below to the upper left corner, that’s where I camped out in the green area.

Curve of the river

Curve of the river

On the rocky path down into the Canyon:

Cave with curved openings

Cave with curved openings

The curved Canyon walls that contains the “White House Ruins,” remnants of ancient cliff dwellings:

Curved canyon walls and White House ruins

Curved canyon walls and White House ruins

The curves of a dead tree frame the view:

Curved tree branches

Curved tree branches

More curvy rocks:

Entrance into cave

Entrance into cave

A cave in the making

A cave in the making

Passing through a rock opening near the bottom, the view opens to Marie’s hogan. Marie lived here by herself into old age, tending her goats and a little garden. She passed away a few years ago:

Marie's Hogan

Marie’s Hogan

And then the glorious cottonwood trees that rustle and sizzle in the breeze and capture the sunlight:

Cottonwood trees against canyon walls

Cottonwood trees against canyon walls

The branches of an old Cottonwood tree:

Curved tree branches

Curved tree branches

The cactus flowers were pink or yellow, looking shiny like silk taffeta. Nice curves against the mean spines nestled below:

Pink cactus flowers

Pink cactus flowers

And my very favorite curves of all: undulating rock walls with colored striations across them…

Favorite curves

Favorite curves

About Beauty Along the Road

My name is Annette. I am passionate about nature, health, simplicity, self-reliance, truth, and life-long learning. Originally from Germany, I now live in Virginia, USA. I am a therapist, health coach, writer, photographer, and organic gardener.
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43 Responses to Weekly Photo Challenge: Curves (in Canyon de Chelly)

  1. Annette – Just a spectacular portfolio of shots. Excellently done!

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  2. Reminds me of some of the scenes at Mesa Verde National Park — such fascinating history stored in these canyons!

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  3. Bams Triwoko says:

    Superb “curve” gallery… love it…๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Excellent job of connecting the true beauty of our world and the viewer; the curves were excellently used to engage the viewer and pull them into your pictures.

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  5. mithriluna says:

    Beautiful set of images.

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  6. Caro Woods says:

    A fantastic feast of organic curves and stunning colours, beautifully shot! Love the curve of the river.

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  7. Your photos are beautiful, Annette. I want to go to this place after seeing these.๐Ÿ™‚ There are so many wonderful curves in nature. I especially love the cave in the making.

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  8. Beautiful colors and swirls! Makes me want to embark on another great American summer road-trip.๐Ÿ™‚

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  9. I’m sure most people will love the photos of the canyon but I must prefer the photos of the green cottonwood trees. These are huge and beautiful!

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  10. Jeff Sinon says:

    Wow, this looks like a place I need to visit!

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  11. What an incredible looking place, your photos transport me into a world of soft curves, heat and a deep link with the ancient past….wonderful๐Ÿ™‚

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    • Seonaid – the photo challenge was about “curves” so these pics are very selective. There are also jagged cliff walls towering over you, trails cut into the rock and “ladders” consisting of indentations in the rocks that will make anyone with height phobia very nauseous… I am saving those for another post๐Ÿ™‚ Jagged or curved, though, the deep link with the past can be felt very strongly.

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  12. dogear6 says:

    This is what I love about the weekly photo challenges – we finally have an excuse to post a picture that we weren’t getting around to. These were great!

    Nancy

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  13. Lyliana Thia says:

    so beautiful curves!

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  14. cindy knoke says:

    What gorgeous photos!
    When my brother and I were kids, we each got to pick a family trip. I chose Canyon de Chelly, and the Hopi reservation. I had to speak to the council at Windowrock to explain why I wanted to visit the Hopi Mesas. It was in the 1960’s and I was around 13.
    This is sacred country and your photos do it justice.
    Kudos~

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    • Cindy – it seems like you already had an early connection with those magical places. Were you able to go inside Canyon de Chelly beyond White House Ruins? From my personal experience in a small group, I’ve seen people deeply affected by spending time there.

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  15. Suzanne says:

    What a wonderful place to visit. How lucky you are.

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  18. Wow! It’s like Antelope Canyon meets Zion, but on a more intimate scale. Beautiful. I am so glad you told me about this place.

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  19. thirdeyemom says:

    Amazing as well!

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