Landscape,  Travel

Grand Staircase – Escalante

From the beginning we had to reveal how long we would stay in Escalante. A hike to the slot canyons Peek-a-Boo, Spooky and Dry Fork put a quick end to all wishful thinking. Very narrow Canyons, little promising light and sometimes difficult climbs made this clear to us.

On a pleasant morning we got first to Devil’s garden.

Escalante Devil's garden © Julian Köpke

The narrow canyons were the work of erosion caused by water flowing fast for a long time – long ago. The reflections of sunlight on the walls of these aka slot canyons occasionally created a shimmer of orange and rosé at the bottom which was promising to photograph.

Dry Fork Canyon Escalante © Julian Köpke

At the end of the day we were given the best light in the world. Grand Staircase is a great natural spectacle that surprises again and again. Don’t count your chicken before they hatch.

I like to make things visible the naked eye isn't able to see. That's part of my profession as a radiologist, too.

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