The Quiet of Palo Duro Canyon

Most folks visit the Texas Panhandle with it’s gorgeous plains and incredible canyons to gaze upon a part of the old west and think of simpler times. According to the park rangers, most folks that visit Palo Duro Canyon State Park stay for only a few short hours perhaps to watch the sunrise and then be on their way to destinations unknown. To many, the canyons are a tourist stop on their way through life.

But for others, those that live nearby or return each year, the canyon becomes a part of their daily thoughts, their prayers and their soul. They return to the canyon again and again, drawn by its simple beauty and its majesty. Many prefer to visit Palo Duro Canyon by themselves to experience what few folks ever do these days, the perfect quiet of the canyon at dusk. In all my years and all my travels, I’ve found few places on this planet that invite you to sit back and enjoy the end of the day more than the quiet of Palo Duro Canyon.

Palo Duro Canyon at Dusk

Palo Duro Canyon at Dusk – Claude, Texas
Copyright © 2010 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 28mm, f/16 for 1/6th of a second at ISO 100 with a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 3.

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One thought on “The Quiet of Palo Duro Canyon

  1. What a gorgeous place, Jeff! It reminds me just a little of scenes I can recall in Arizona. Your photo is outstanding! When I see that area I have a longing to hike down into that scene and spend a day or two just “being” there! Those canyons are just asking to be visited!

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