Narrow Places and Open Spaces

The rocky landscape of Southern Utah contains many slot canyons, from generously wide to claustrophobically narrow.  This slot canyon, along the White Rim Trail and near the Green River, is a favorite spot for mountain bikers to cool off in.

Back “above ground”, and just a little ways north, the trail offers this view of the Green River:

It looks brown to me, and I thought I was going color blind, but Wikipedia tells me it actually carries more silt than the Colorado River.

All The Best,


  • By Lynn J, 01/26/2011 @ 8:02 am

    Once again, a chance to “visit” my favorite state vicariously. Beautiful!. Isn’t it sad that so many of these slot canyons were drowned by Lake Powell?

  • By Ann Ziegenmier, 01/26/2011 @ 10:50 am

    Martin, We enjoy your 3-D’s so much but this one of the Green River and the slot canyons is maybe your best (so far). We live in Missouri and traveled west many times; we’ve heard of slot canyons but never have seen one so your pic was very interesting and beautiful. Thank-you for sharing your amazing pictures. Ann

  • By Don Gilmore, 01/26/2011 @ 11:42 am

    Martin: Maybe it’s just me, or a slow Internet today, but it seems like you slowed the movement speed down on the panorama. It is nicer that way. Is it my imagination?


  • By martin, 01/27/2011 @ 10:41 am

    Hi Don,

    I did slow this one down (at least the slot canyon, I can’t remember on the Green River image). I’m glad you like it, and I may change the other existing panoramas on the site to this slower speed. If other would care to comment, I would greatly appreciate it. – Martin

  • By martin, 01/27/2011 @ 10:44 am

    Hi Ann,

    Thank you for your comments, I really appreciate it. There are some that can get very narrow. I was wearing a hat in one once, and regretting that I brought it! What I would really like to see sometime is a slot canyon during a flash flood (from above, of course!). – Martin

  • By martin, 01/27/2011 @ 10:47 am

    Hi Lynn,

    Thanks so much! It is sad when we loose things like this. – Martin

  • By Garry, 01/27/2011 @ 11:48 am

    Hi Martin
    I always look forward to your updates.I live in England and we don’t get to see vistas like this.Your panoramas are truly spectacular and as a photographer I can appreciate your skill!! Keep up the good work!!

    All the best,

  • By martin, 01/27/2011 @ 7:47 pm

    Hi Garry,

    Thanks for taking the time to write! I really do appreciate your comments. It’s a great thing that we can connect with people from all over the globe this way.


  • By Roland, 01/29/2011 @ 10:52 am

    I grew up in Sedona,Az and I have to admit that Kanab and Moab have it beat in the beauty department. I never have the luck of going to these places,I’m to old now, but I have been there quite a bit in google earth andof course Wikipedia. I sure missed out a lot in my younger days.
    I thought it fantastic where you stood in the slot, good thing there was no water! I did get to see a slot when I went down into the Grand Canyon to visit Havasupai.
    Thanks for taking me to places I have never been Roland

  • By martin, 01/29/2011 @ 9:47 pm

    Hi Roland,

    Thank you for taking the time to comment, I appreciate your remarks very much! I haven’t been to Sedona, but I’ve seen some great shots of the area, so maybe this is a case of the grass being greener on the other side! I also would like to go to Havasupai, and hope to in the future.

    I’m glad the site gives you a chance to “visit”


  • By martin, 03/07/2011 @ 8:31 pm

    Thanks so much Janet, and say hello to your husband. Martin

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