Light beams in Upper Antelope Canyon. The Upper Antelope Canyon is a slot canyon located near Page, AZ. The canyon itself is within the Navajo nation. The Antelope Canyon gets its name from Navajo stories of antelopes that grazed along the canyon in the winter time. Today you mostly see cattle around the canyon, no antelopes. The Navajo name for the canyon is Tse Bighanilini which translates to "place where water runs through rocks". Which is an appropriate description for the canyon. Over time flash floods have given the canyon its defining slot canyon shape. There are two slot canyons, Upper and Lower, and the light beams are predominantly seen in the Upper canyon. The upper canyon is referred to as the crack due to its shape i.e., extremely narrow at the top and wide at its base. The light beams are a consequence of the shape of the canyon.
The best time to see the light beams is between late March and early October which also is the peak season. The best time during this season is between 11 am to 1.30 pm. You have to be quick in capturing your images before the scene is overrun with people. The best bet is to set the camera up for bracketing and take multiple shots to cover your bet. There also is the option of doing the "photography tour" where you get more time to take pictures and tripods are allowed, the cost is significantly higher for the photography tour. Regardless of challenges in getting good photos, a tour to this canyon is a must do in the town of Page AZ.
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