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Squeezing Through Antelope Canyon

We stopped at a number of cool spots on the way to Burning Man, including beautiful Antelope Canyon. We were a little late for the ‘pro tour’ so had to squeeze through the canyon with all the other plebs 🙂 haha not too bad but I can only imagine the shots you could get with a little more time and space to work with, the colours are mind-blowing!

Leaving my tripod behind I cranked the ISO to around 800 and experimented with various shutter speeds to see how good the Sony A7r II steadyshot feature is… turns out it’s pretty good! Not all my shots we’re crisp but I found enough to work with including this one right here.

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The Hidden Grotto in Centennial Glen

I was hiking in Centennial Glen near Blackheath when I stumbled upon “the Grotto”. Barely sign posted, it was hidden at the end of a narrow canyon that went in the opposite direction to the regular path. It was a great spot to explore and a good excuse to rest for half an hour.

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The Best of Kauai

I’ve spent 5 of the most enjoyable days of my life here on Kauai and I don’t really want it to end, but it is, in fact my entire Hawaiian journey is coming to a close. I feel like I’ve done a bit of everything on Kauai and hopefully my photos reflect that. It’s my favorite Hawaiian island because it has so much going for it but it’s not as commercialized as the other islands can be. If I come back some day I’d like to do a helicopter trip over the island, it looked spectacular from the air when we came in by plane so no doubt it would be worth it. I loved walking under giant palm trees, snorkeling in crystal clear waters and boogie boarding at Hanalei Bay but I think my favorite area was the Na Pali coast where I had the time of my life exploring the Kalalau trail, just an amazing experience.

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Surprise! Waimea Canyon

I’m going to be honest with you, before I came to Kauai, I’d never heard of Waimea Canyon (shame on me). So it came as quite a surprise when we arrived to see the epic nature of it. Just another bonus of life here on Kauai, seriously is there any kind of natural feature that it doesn’t have?? I’ve seen rivers, waterfalls, beaches, mountains, valleys, cliffs, fields, rainforests and now a canyon, when will it end??

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Grand Canyon Panorama

It’s tough to convey the size of the Grand Canyon in a normal photo so here’s a panorama shot, which still doesn’t do it justice.

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Expectations at the Grand Canyon

Did you know that the Grand Canyon used to be called the Great Canyon? The thing is, I actually think it should have kept that name, not because it isn’t grand but because it keeps expectations in check. I’d heard so much about the Grand canyon that my expectations were stratospheric, something it couldn’t possibly live up to. So in the end I was impressed but not blown away, especially after visiting Yosemite, Zion and Bryce earlier in the trip (places I knew next to nothing about). I guess the moral of the story is that high expectations can lead to a bit of a downer while low expectations can equal surprise excitement. Of course I mentioned this to a few friends who’ve seen the Grand Canyon and they were like “shut up it’s freaking amazing!”, so don’t take my word for it.

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Red Canyon, Why Not?

Visiting canyons has become a full time job for me and if I’m being honest, I’m getting pretty good at it. I’m still waiting on my first pay check but in the meantime let’s explore Red Canyon, which is only around 10 miles from Bryce Canyon.

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Peek-a-boo Trail in Bryce Canyon

Bryce “Canyon” demanded a closer inspection and what better way to do that than hiking the Peek-a-boo trail that weaves a mysterious path right through the heart of it. It’s a loop trail that is around 5 miles long, there’s quite a bit of elevation change too so you’ll be huffing and puffing by the time you climb back out of the canyon.

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Bryce Canyon Panoramas

A few panorama shots of Bryce Canyon.

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Bryce Canyon isn’t a Real Canyon??

Canyons seem to be in fashion on the road trip at the moment so why not keep the run going. Today it’s Bryce Canyon, which according to wikipedia isn’t even a real canyon?? I feel so ripped off! Turns out it’s a collection of giant natural amphitheaters, whatever that means. It’s easy on the eye and obviously a pretty special spot, even if it isn’t a real canyon (so bitter right now).

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Zion Canyon Panorama

Last but not least, a panorama pic of Zion Canyon from the top of Angels Landing.

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Up & Down Angels Landing

Today I set out to get up and down Angels Landing, a short (around 4km) but steep trail that offers some spectacular views of Zion Canyon. I was looking forward to a bit of hiking and Angels Landing did not disappoint. Some sections are really steep and genuinely freaky, especially when a rusty chain is the only thing between you and a meeting with the ground. It was exhilarating stuff though and I spent at least half an hour soaking up the views from the top before making my way down.

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The Three Patriarchs of Zion Canyon

I thought the Three Patriarchs were a particularly cool part of Zion Canyon, cool enough to get their own photo, congrats guys!

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Zion Canyon is Amazing

Zion Canyon is amazing and you know it! Well if you’ve been there you do. You hear plenty about the Grand Canyon, Niagara Falls, the Statue of Liberty etc but places like Zion and Yosemite seem to slip through the radar, well they slipped through my poorly calibrated New Zealand radar anyway, I hadn’t really heard of them until I was planning my trip. This is another place I could happily come back to.

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