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Santa Elena Canyon

Santa Elena Canyon is one of my favorite locations within the Big Bend National Park. The Canyon is one of BBNP’s geological marvels. The canyon was created by a major uplift thousands of years ago. Displacement along these faults did not occur in a single event, rather in a series of lesser episodes of faulting punctuated by earthquakes. Earthquakes in the region have been felt as recently as 1995, when an earthquake of magnitude 5.6 was felt around Marathon, TX. The areas around Santa Elena Canyon are filled with geologically rich areas.

The Santa Elena Canyon is a site frequently visited by tourists. The hiking trail along the right side of the canyon are frequently visited by individuals traveling to the park.  I enjoy photographing this magnificent structure. The amazing 1,500-foot walls are a testament to the region’s amazing geological history. I highly recommend traveling to the southmost point of the park to see this geological wonder.

Santa Elena Canyon
Santa Elena Canyon

This image was taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV using my Canon EF 16-35mm f/4 Lens set on 16 mm. The camera was set on Manual mode with the aperture set at f/4, shutter speed at 10 seconds and the ISO set at 100. I used a tripod for stability and my Lee Filters to extend the exposure time. This is a single image processed using Lightroom and completed in Photoshop using Nik Color Efex Pro.

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4 thoughts on “Santa Elena Canyon”

  1. Beautiful. Very glad you were able to get out to one of your favorite place. No substitute for natural beauty. Good medicine for the mind and soul.

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