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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."

Photo Fast Facts
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
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