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Water Features

Ironically enough, water defines many desert areas, sculpting the landscape and bringing life to what would otherwise be barren. Some desert areas have an abundance of water, making for unique photography opportunities.

For the ultimate desert water experience, GREAT SALT LAKE (UT), the largest salt lake in the western hemisphere, doesn't disappoint—head to Antelope Island State Park for a chance to photograph landscapes and wildlife, including bison, prong-horn, and bighorn sheep.

BiG BEND NATiONAL PARK (TX), which preserves a magnificent portion of the Chihuahuan Desert, is defined by the looping Rio Grande River. Many photogenic wonders await you there, CONTINUES ON PAGE 108

photogenic—slot canyons in the southwestern desert.


(UT), with several beautiful slots including Zebra, Spooky, and Peek-A-Boo Canyons.

Perhaps the most famous slot canyon in the world is ANTELOPE CANYON (AZ), on Navajo Nation tribal land. For a fee, you can explore its many twists and turns, and shoot its famous glowing sandstone features and arches.

▲sunrise ight strikes yellow volcanic badlands at Zabriskie Point in Death Valley. K.B. Canham DLC 4x5 view camera with 150mm f/5.6 Rodenstock ens; 1/15 sec at f/22, Fujichrome Velvia 50.

W Colorful striations streak the walls of Zebra slot Canyon. Canon EOs 5D with 15mm f/2.8 sigma EX fisheye lens; 1 sec at f/16, ISO 100.

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