Photography 101 – Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

I love landscape photography. For me, it preserves the beauty of what I’ve seen that I can share with others. I think of early travelers and explorers describing with words the scenery they’ve seen and wonder how many times they would say something like, “You should go see it for yourself.”

Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the US and is managed by the State of Texas, Parks and Wildlife Department. The Texas State Historical Association describes Palo Duro Canyon as “the most spectacular and scenic landscape feature” in the Texas Panhandle. Many people call Palo Duro “the Grand Canyon of Texas”. I am not sure if that is a good moniker since the Grand Canyon is much larger. As an example, Palo Duro Canyon is roughly 70 mi (110 km) long, has an average width of 6 mi (9.7 km), and attains a depth of 820 ft (250 m), compared to the Grand Canyon which is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,000 feet or 1,800 meters).

It was a cloudy, overcast day when we went to Palo Duro Canyon. I can only imagine how much more brilliant the colors are on a sunny Summer day.

15a DSC_0201The steep sides of Palo Duro Canyon display bright colors of orange, red, brown, yellow, grey, maroon, and white rocks that represent four different geologic periods.

15b DSC_0204Caves are abundant throughout the canyon. This one is approximately 40-50 feet (12 meters) in height. The white band is approximately 6 feet (1.8 meters) in height. I zoomed in to take a peak inside and and found some hikers who were taking a break from their hike around the park.

15c DSC_0208Drought tolerant natural vegetation such as prickly pear, yucca, mesquite, and juniper can be found in the canyon.

15d DSC_0217Another view of the colorful strata in the canyon.

15e DSC_0222A one final view. Hope you enjoyed the short tour.

Thanks for stopping by, y’all come back now.

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5 responses to “Photography 101 – Day Fifteen: Landscape & Cropping

  1. Love the striated colours in that last picture!

  2. Beautiful photos had a second look at the cave nice one

  3. Very beautiful and interesting photos, also the tour.

  4. Thanks for the tour Jerry!

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