Spider Rock at Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
What do you do when you've set up your camp in the campground, had your dinner, done your dishes, and there's still sunlight left at a beautiful canyon location? Grab your camera and head for an overlook!
The setting is beautiful. The light was wonderful. It was just the two of us for most of the time. There was another couple for a while. The male half of the couple offered photography tips to me, clicked away, and then left!! How could you not stay for this?!
Turkey vulture near Spider Rock
There was another young man at the overlook. He stayed the whole time we did. However, he was braver than we were and climbed over the short wall and sat on the rocks that REALLY overlooked the canyon. He enjoyed the entire spectacle in silence. We saw him again the next day on the White House Ruins trail into the canyon.
I'm warning you: we took LOTS of pictures from this overlook. I'll not share ALL of them with you, but it's such a special place . . .
According to the Navajos (Dine), Spider Rock is the home of Spider Woman, the savior of the Navajos from the monsters who were killing the people. Spider Woman taught the ancestors of the Navajos how to weave on a loom. Spider Woman also enforces obedience in children.
Mother Nature cooperated beautifully.
My man took some fantastic photos! He did some black and whites.
Then he switched to color.
What a way to start an adventure in a special part of the world . . .