Thursday, November 13, 2014

11/13/14 Page and Glen Canyon Dam

I spent a reasonably quiet night at the Page WM. I grabbed a Subway egg sandwich and headed to one of my favorite spots, the scenic view behind Denny's. It's one of the few places you can get a good view of the dam, and there's nice views down the canyon as well. I parked and walked down and couldn't believe my eyes. Water was shooting out of the base of the dam at a high rate. I'd never seen that before! I quickly googled it and found that it was a water release designed to mimic a flood in the canyon and would end that afternoon. I grabbed a few shots, gobbled down my sandwich, and headed to the dam.

I walked across the bridge & checked out the visitors center. I noticed they had dam tours and thought that might be a fun thing to do on a less crowded day. Then I noticed the exhibits down on top of the dam and realized, "Hey dummy, take the tour TODAY so you can get shots of the water closer up!!" So that's what I did. The guy who did the tour was a font of knowledge, said he'd been there 45 years. It was a cool tour, and best of all, he got permission to let us out on the platform as close to water level as we could get. It was incredible to hear the roar of the water & stare 600 feet up the face of the dam. Just amazing. After the tour I headed to Horseshoe Bend for the sunset. I considered staying in that lot overnight as there's no signs against it, but in the end I went back to the WM.

Glen Canyon dam during water release.
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Glen canyon Dam after the sun came out
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The Colorado River raging with water released from the dam
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Water release at the Glen Canyon Dam
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Dam & bridge, shot with fisheye lens
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Concrete bucket used in building the dam.
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One of the turbine wheels.
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Walking along the top of the dam
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Moss growing on the walls of the canyon where water seeps through
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Looking up at the visitors center above
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Water release from Glen Canyon Dam. Olympus OMD
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Glen Canyon Dam water release. Olympus OMD with fisheye lens
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The bathtub ring
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Horseshoe bend, Nikon D810
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Horseshoe Bend at sunset, shot with Olympus OMD M1
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