In a remote location two and a half hours from Moab, Utah, a canyon wall tells the story of people who lived there almost 6,000 years ago. Dad, with his camera bags loaded, and my Mom tagging along descended almost 750 feet down into Horseshoe Canyon, part of Canyonlands National Park, to view The Great Gallery.
Some of the figures in The Great Gallery are at least four to five feet tall and the panel stretches over 200 feet. It’s a very large piece of art. Dad shot the entire scene in chunks and then merged the panels in Photoshop to create a panoramic photo.
The real adventure on this hike was getting out of the canyon. The sandy streambed became a hamster wheel for the duo. There was a lot of walking but slow progress upward as the sand tried to suck them back down into the canyon. To make matters worse all of that water they’d packed seemed to have disappeared. By this time the temperature was well over 106 degrees.
After a grueling workout, Dad and Mom finally made it to the parking lot. Dad felt great about the images he’d captured. My Mom felt great that an air-conditioned hotel room would be waiting for them. And wouldn’t you know, the bottled water they’d craved on that long hike up had been hiding under some equipment in the camera bag all along.