My friend and I had been camping along Havasu Creek for two days in March 2007. The hike down through the Havasupie Reservation is a long 14 miles into the depths of the Grand Canyon.

The second day we explored the creek from Havasu Falls down past Mooney Falls. The last evening I walked up to Navajo Falls. There deep in the Grand Canyon was one of most lush, tranquil and calming places found anywhere on earth. 

Havasu Creek’s crystal clear waters coursed over small travertine steps made from calcium-carbonate deposits formed over hundreds and hundreds, if not thousands of years. The falls streamed down the petrified sandstone cliffs into an opalescent blue pool. The setting was absolutely sureal!

I waded up the creek in the cool water and evening air, set up my camera and tripod, and began to compose the

photograph with the Travertine steps in the foreground, pool in the middle and falls in the back.

The photo was to capture the water streaming, giving you a sense of the water flowing to, in and around you.

Never again will this place be seen as you are looking at it. It was destroyed forever by a massive flood just a year and five months later when a dam broke up stream.

A Pentax ist-D DSLR Camera with a 16-28mm mm Zies Lens with a shutter speed setting of 1/3rd of a sec;  F-Stop f/20; and ISO 200 was used to make this photograph of the extinct Navajo Falls.

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