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Spider Rock

Spider Rock


Looking down into Canyon deChelly, Spider Rock is an amazing spire. It looks to be the inspiration for some of the old Roadrunner and Coyote cartoons. Another of the sights that make Arizona a treat for photographers.

In the best light…


House Of The Spider Woman

Duststorm over Spider Rock

This is a location that is prominent in Navajo folklore and their creation myth. It is also one of the most spectacular sights I’ve ever seen. The spire rises 750 feet from the canyon floor, and if you enlarge the image, you can see the tents of the campers near the base of the monument.

In the best light…

Spider Rock

Sand Storm Over Spider Rock

Spider Rock is in the middle of Canyon de Chelly National Monument near Chinle, Arizona in the Navajo Nation. The spire stands 750 feet above the floor of the canyon. According to native lore, it is the home of Spider Woman one of the most honoured deities of the Dine (Navajo People).

The day that we were there, a sand storm was blowing through. We were told that it was the remnants of a hurricane that had moved up from Mexico but lost all of it’s moisture on the way. The winds gusted up to 50 miles per hour, making camera stabilization a priority. I braced my tripod against the guard rail for maximum rigidity.

In the best light…

Memory Lane – Oct 11, 2008

I’m reposting a day from my trip to Four Corners, from another blog, every Wednesday.

Day Four – Canyon de Chelly

The wind has been blowing ever since we got off the plane in Phoenix on Wednesday, but today things got more interesting. Between Gallup and Window Rock, we had clouds and a bit of spitty rain. The remnants of a tropical storm blew in by the time we got to Ganado and we got sandblasted walking from our car into the Hubbell Trading Post National Historic Site. Hubbell is a neat place with creaky old wooden floors and tons of native artifacts and knick-knacks. They have a huge selection of handmade silver jewellery and top quality Navajo rugs. Their prices made me see what a good deal we got at the auction last night. When we left Hubbell, things got really interesting. (more…)