Palo Duro Canyon Lighthouse Sunset Pano

Palo Duro Canyon Lighthouse Sunset Pano - I started out at the the trail head for the Lighthouse at Palo Duro Canyon State Park and as I was moving down the lighthouse trail up and down across washes and old river beds it was more difficult than anticipated especially with 40 pounds of camera gear and tripod. The hike to the Lighthouse rock is a 6 mile round trip and I had to cross many dry river bed washes and rocky terrain then up and down so not an easy trek, but got through after a couple of hours one way. My plan was to catch a sunset so it would reguire walking back in the dark so you want to get every last shot you can. Once I got to the trail lighthouse and rested up a bit I climb up to a higher rocky platform level to capture this image of the lighthouse with some nice clouds in a panorama at sunset. To the north when I first got here there was some really dark skies to the north and it briefly rained but I was not detered. Storms I have found can make some skies afterward so after the rain passed I started taking photos right as the sunset started going down with these cloudy skies. The palo duro canyon capitol was formed millions of years ago by water, wind erosion. Water erosion over the millennia has shaped the canyon's geological formations. Palo Duro Canyon was formed by water erosion from the Red River. The water deepens the canyon by moving sediment downstream. Wind and water erosion gradually widen the canyon. Now I can say when it come to wind this whole area of the Texas Panhandle was so windy so this is not a shock. Most of the terrain in the panhandle is very flat and as you drive up to the state park you start to see some major changes in the landscape from flat to big wide gullies until you get into the park. There you can see for a good distance across the vast area of the canyons with peak and valleys. Palo Duro Canyon is the second largest canyon in the United States with the largest being the Grand Canyon in Arizona. Many call this the texas grand canyons.

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