Photographer's Note

Mooney Falls, Havasu Canyon.

Earlier this week I posted a picture from near the top of this waterfall

Here's a shot from the base. Mooney Falls plunges 200 feet in what otherwise is a redrock sandstone desert. I visited this place during the summer when the temperatures are at their fiercest and I composed this shot in knee high water that was very, very refreshingly cool.

Note that the water in the lower part of the frame appears to have a light blue color cast. That actually reflects the true color of the water here as it carries a high load of lime.

I also mentioned in the previous post how this spot is very tricky to get to, especially if you plan on bringing heavy equipment. The "trail" down is a slippery combination of mist-soaked chains and ladders. I managed to get my 9 lb Manfrotto tripod down and I was very elated since I was then able to get some silky water pictures.

Anyway, the day I took this photo my friends and I were heading on an all day hike from Havasu Falls to the Colorado River and back. It would could cover a distance of 16 miles, which is a rather good trek itself, but note that the temperatures would reach nearly 120 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) at the Colorado River. Very, very hot.

On the morning of the hike, I departed about an hour before my friends so I could get down to the base of these falls and not be rushed for photos. I'm not exacly a daredevil, so I wanted to take it slow down the chains and ladders without being rushed. Also, and I admit this is somewhat devilish, I wanted to be at the base before them so I could take pictures of them descending :)

Here's a shot of them descending the trail.

Perhaps it does not look too bad, but it is very slippery and a few people over the years have fallen to their deaths.

On this day, fortunately, it would be only smiles and joy as we all made it safely down and back and created some wonderful memories along the way.

Hope you enjoy!


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