We wanted to take a good long walk, but there was only one hiking trail in the entire national park. Really?! It seemed impossible that there would only be one, and that one would be a short trail: 2.5 miles (4 km) roundtrip with 600 foot (183 m) descent. Since there was no choice really, we parked at the overlook in Canyon de Chelly National Monument and started down.
What a surprise! The path was mostly a winding rock ramp with really spectacular views the entire way down. The easier-than-expected walk led to the White House Ruins.
As we photographed the ruins, we experimented with the watercolor setting on Beth’s camera, a Sony Cybershot RX100 II. The landscape, the ruins, and the place just begged to be “painted.”
Since we had decided to take most of our photos on the way back up the trail as a way to take breaks and get a little rest, the camera setting stayed on watercolor. Now, looking back at our photos, we think the day took on a romanticized look.
Generally, when we take photographs, we just snap and don’t really think of matching a photography style to the occasion. In the case of the hike to the White House Ruins, we think our choice of a “painting” style matched the occasion.
A further note: Navajos still live in Canyon de Chelly so access to visitors is limited. That might explain the limitation to one hiking trail.