Canyon de Chelly

Canyon de Chelly

I've read about the Canyon de Chelly in various history books but was never able to envisage it - would those flowering shrubs be a form of balsam?

Beautifully painted, with super composition that leads the eye of the viewer into the painting.

A beautiful painting Paul.

Thank you very much Margaret! Thank you Seok Yam Chew I appreciate your comments very much. Hello Robert, those trees are cottonwoods and while they look like shrubs from the rim of the canyon, they are forty to sixty feet or more tall and usually follow the course of the river. At this time of the year it is very dry but when the winter rains come the river will be flowing again and will spread out through all the low area at high water.

An excellent painting, and lovely warm colours. I bet it gets a bit hot down there, though!

Hello Barrie, thank you for your comments. Yes, in summer it gets quite hot there. Actually cooler in the canyon than on the rim. The walls of those canyons are approximately 900-1,000 feet. Fortunately it is a dry heat because it is considered high desert.

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Canyon de Chelly is the ancestral home of the Navajo Indians. The National monument is entirely within their tribal lands in North eastern Arizona.

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Paul Harman

I was born in Bournemouth, Dorset in a large home that once sat on the cliff next to the chime, and Shelly's cottage was next door. The old house is gone, but the memories linger. We immigrated to Canada by ship, when I was seven and lived in Ontario and Alberta and back to Ontario over a period of…

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