Every fall, the cottonwood trees of Canyon De Chelly National Monument turn from bright green to incredible shades of yellow and orange.
Visiting my close friends, Jon and Lupita McClanahan, we took a hike down to their canyon line to do some chores to prepare for winter.
Everywhere I turned the colors of fall mixed with the clear blue sky, evergreen trees and the earth tones of the canyon walls.
I especially love to look back at the sun through the backlight leaves.
While I was setting up for the photo at the top of post and enjoying the quiet stillness, I began to hear the sounds of flute echoing through the Canyon. It was absolutely incredible. And even more incredible was when I checked the photograph a week later I found that the flute player was in the image, you can see the small figure wearing a white shirt sitting on the dark rock layer rim of the canyon in the middle of the photo.
This was the approximate location of the flute player and it’s easy be inspired by the view. Known as Junction Overlook, it is a popular place to see the beauty of the Canyon from the rim.