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American deserts

  1. 1. American Deserts Photography and Production Ken Chan 10. 2009 California Music : Ennio Morricone Automatic advance
  2. 2. This show illustrates the natural beauty of the deserts in the American southwest, covering the states ofArizona, California, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico and UtahSee if you recognize the following placesArches Canyonlands Mesa VerdeBlack Canyon Cedar Breaks Monument ValleyBryce Canyon Death Valley Valley of FireCanyon de Chelly Grand Canyon Zion
  3. 3. Don’t they remind you of your favorite western movies
  4. 4. This land is grandMonument Valley at sunset
  5. 5. Black Canyon Grand Canyon
  6. 6. Canyonlands looks equally grand
  7. 7. Want to get down to the bottom of a canyon?Try Canyon de Chelly - it is accessible and beautiful
  8. 8. The colorful Navajo sandstone formation
  9. 9. I am sure you know the red color is due to the soil’s iron content iron + air + water = rustRemember your high school chemistry?
  10. 10. Looks like this valley is on fire – it is so named Valley of Fire
  11. 11. This place near the Arizona-Utah border is called wave It is a paradise for photographers
  12. 12. Would be a good place to play hide and seek
  13. 13. Delicate carving of the soft sandstone by wind and water
  14. 14. A massive display of nature’s carvings in Bryce Canyon
  15. 15. Looks too fragile to lean on
  16. 16. Better pray they don’t crumble when you are down there
  17. 17. Balance rock Three wise men Pharaoh talking to a veiled woman
  18. 18. Round the clock sentry
  19. 19. King Kong’s hand
  20. 20. No Match
  21. 21. The famous Delicate ArchArches National Park
  22. 22. Small one :a natural window
  23. 23. Life of an arch / natural bridge (from left to right) The bridge gets too thin and finally collapses Notice two new holes are developing Over thousands of years the hole enlarges, forming a natural bridgeA hole is formed by erosion
  24. 24. Sand particles are produced by rock erosion Over millions of years, they are piled together by wind into Sand Dunes small one This one can swallow you Big one
  25. 25. Did people actually live here? Yes, this land has been home to Native Americans for thousands of yearsThis dwelling ruin in Mesa Verde is well preserved
  26. 26. They left behind these petroglyths
  27. 27. This spectacular view from Angel’s Landing in Zion is your reward for hiking uphill for 3 hours It does not look all dry and dead from here
  28. 28. There are even trees (Checker Board in Zion)
  29. 29. There were trees back million of years ago The Petrified Wood is the evidence
  30. 30. This living cedar at Cedar Breaks is more than 1,000 years old
  31. 31. The giant Saguaro Cactus is a symbol of these deserts
  32. 32. Cactus flowers are beautiful close up But watch out for those spines
  33. 33. Spring wildflower blossom forms a yellow carpet in Death Valley
  34. 34. Some of theWild flowers in the region Indian paint-brush Desert 5 spots
  35. 35. Heard of Columbine ?It is the name of the state flower of Colorado
  36. 36. Even these unknown species are equally beautiful
  37. 37. I am sure you don’t mind these little creatures Remember this is the wilderness
  38. 38. Trees thrive along riverbanks
  39. 39. There must be water under the dry soil
  40. 40. Plenty under theleaking roof of this cave
  41. 41. So there is waterbetween these rocks
  42. 42. or on top of this mesa
  43. 43. It is a living desert The