PHOTOS – Horseshoe Bend, Arizona

Whilst on my travels around America we had the delight of visiting another natural feature in the state of Arizona. This time located on the Colorado River near the town of Page and has been unofficially named as ‘The Suicide Capital of Arizona!’

A short walk up a sandy path and you are presented with quite a barren landscape with nothing much to be seen all around you – it doesnt really get you that excited for what it to be unearthed just a minute away.
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona

Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
The red rock and sandy colours stretch into the distance with no sign that a major river has made it’s path through this rocky territory over many millions of years.

Just imagine the force and energy that went into this process from melting ice caps and glaciers over that period!

 
As you get closer the true beauty of the landscape is revealed before your very eyes…. and feet! A huge emerald-green river makes a giant u-turn under the steep cliffs of the Marble Canyon and the colours just jump right out at you.

From top to bottom it measures around 1,000 ft (305m) but there are no handrails to assist in observing this wonderful feature. There is an overbearing desire to get as close as you can to the edge to take in this natural phenomenon in all it’s beauty.
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Luckily my camera had quite a wide angle lens on it and so I did manage to get one shot encompassing the full scale of it.

Those are three small boats travelling up the Colorado River and give the picture some perspective illustrating how huge the chasm is.

Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
There was also a panoramic mode on my camera so I thought this seemed an ideal oppourtunity to try it out – I think it worked well in this instance! (The 30 times zoom also performed pretty damn well too!)
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Once the photos were taken it was just amazing to sit on the edge and let your jaw-drop even further whilst taking in the silence and invigorating vibe that eminated all around.

If you are ever in this area make sure you give The Horseshoe Bend a visit and dwell in all it’s natural beauty.

 
I also had a tweak to see what the image looked like with pseudo-HDR and in Black and White.
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
Horseshoe Bend, Colorado River, Arizona
A high res 3d image can be viewed below:-
http://www.vthawaii.com/EXTRA/Arizona/HorseshoBend_4.html

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