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