Last year when I made the hike into the famous subway area, I was particularly drawn to the scene opposite of the iconic view many have photographed. Perhaps it was the twisting canyon walls, the pothole, the green water. It was something that made me want to return and enjoy it in the future. I made the trip again this year to the subway, but I wasn’t so much interested in the subway itself, rather the falls that preceded the stunning canyon. I made sure that I would photograph them before reaching the final destination of my hike as I failed to do so last year. When I finally got to the subway, I noticed the scene that had initially caught my eye was very different. It looked even better than I remembered. The low light still allowing the shadows to play between the canyon walls as the green water popped against the multicolored stones. A fallen log now removed from the scene (likely from flash flooding), and a beautiful golden tree just above. There were no leaves on the tree on my previous visit, and to see how it popped against the cool colors of the canyon was hypnotizing. I was more focused shooting this scene than I was the main subway area as some of my friends had shown up at this point. There was a fairly large group of photographers here enjoying the scenery and filling memory cards with stunning images. Myself and a few others began the hike out of the canyon and towards the very end of the hike the others who I had ran into caught up with us. The hike is listed as very strenuous, and it will certainly tire out the legs if you are not used to hiking or climbing over rocks. It’s an adventure for sure, and one that I probably will do over and over no matter how many times I say “this will be the last time”. The canyon just draws you in, especially when draped in autumn colors.
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