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New on 500px : Earth’s Hieroglyphs by mreyfman by mreyfman

Not everyone will easily recognize this place so I think some description may help.

Lake Powell, Reflection Canyon. Aerial.

Glen Canyon National Recreational Area encompasses more than one million acres of incredibly diverse and beautiful land. Canyons and buttes, desert sands and dark blue waters invite you to discover a place that tells the story of nearly 650 million years of the earth’s history.

Lake Powell – the hart of Glen Canyon is 186 miles long and has 1,960 miles of shoreline, which is longer than the entire west coast of the continental United States. There are 96 major canyons to explore though you’ll need a water craft for the majority of them since access is limited because there are few roads. Lake was formed by Glen Canyon Dam and named in honor of Civil War veteran and explorer John Wesley Powell, who led a scientific expedition in wooden boats down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon in 1869. Glen Canyon Dam, a concrete structure rising 710 feet above the Colorado River, was completed in 1963. The dam provides essential water storage and power for much of the southwestern United States.

In my opinion Lake Powell is one of the best examples of how man intrusion can make our Earth even more beautiful. This surrealistic landscape of crystal-clear lake surrounded by colorful canyons, peaks and buttes draws visitors from around the world and is a perennial favorite location for photographers and filmmakers. Some places and some angles here are reachable by air only, so I planned and completed several aerial photo-expeditions in the area.

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New on 500px : Sunset Alstrom Point by zhongnan0713 by zhongnan0713

was updating my personal website, so i just dug this out of my memory card.. it was the only nice sunrise we saw during my last winter trip in southwest US.

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New on 500px : Reflection Canyon by bangbing by bangbing

Best viewed on black 🙂 Reflection canyon is a remote side canyon of Lake Powell. And I believe it was Michael Melford’s awarded photo collection “A Dry Red Season” (taken in 2005, and initially published on National Geographic Magazine in April 2006) that revealed this incredible landscape to public — make sure to check his fantastic photo here and here. Fascinated by Michael’s pioneer work, many photographers and outdoor enthusiasts started to search the route to the view point he reached – a few of them succeeded indeed. However, the water level increased significantly since 2005, and the rock fins forming the stunning curves, regarding as the unique feature of the canyon, were partly submerged. Until this spring, the water level finally dropped down below 3600’, and the spectacle captured by Michael was expected to be shown again. After 2-hour drive on the Hole-in-the-Rock Rd before sunrise, I started the 16-mile round-trip day hike over rough pathless terrain, with the company of my friends Wan and Guang. Following the contours indicated by GPS, we tried to stay at the same height as long as possible, and crossed or walked around a few deep washes and canyons. We arrived at the view point right before noon. However, the entire sky was covered by storm clouds at that time. Let alone the lack-of-contrast canyon, we were more worried about possible flash flood that may cause the Hole-in-the-Rock Rd impassable. After waiting anxiously for an hour, miracles finally happened to reward our efforts — the sky cleared up; the wind stopped; the sun broke through clouds and created speechlessly stunning reflection in the water! Such a spectacular scene of Reflection Canyon was NEVER shown by any other photo before. So grateful that Mother Nature chose us as the witnesses!
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