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Low Water Photograph by Frans Lanting
Named for the one-armed surveyor who electrified the nation when he descended through the Grand Canyon, Lake Powell's tranquil waters cover the chasm John Wesley Powell christened Glen Canyon in 1869. A century later, writer Edward Abbey dubbed it the "living heart" of canyon country. In recent years drought and overuse of the Colorado River's water have drained the popular lake to its lowest levels in decades, leaving a "bathtub ring" of white calcite. Powell, a proponent of irrigation, predicted that one day "all the waters of all the arid lands will eventually be taken from their natural channels."
Camera: Nikon F6 Film Type: Fuji Velvia Lens: 17-35mm Speed and F-Stop: 1/120 @ f/8
Weather Conditions: Cold and clear Time of Day: Sunrise Lighting Techniques: Natural light