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This is a photograph taken of the Hoover Dam during a kayak trip on the Colorado River in Black Canyon. The trip begins at Willow Beach, 11 miles south of Hoover Dam. You paddle upstream, which can be quite a challenge with the currents in the Colorado. The camp spot is about nine miles from Willow Beach, and comes complete with hot springs. The next day we explored several canyons with additional hot springs, as well as a sauna cave. Essentially this cave appears to be a horizontal mine shaft that ended when a hot spring was found. It is short paddle from where this photo was taken. Many people do this trip through a guide service. The advantage to this is the access that guides can put in where I am photographing the dam from. Public access is not allowed without the guide, but then I would have missed the satisfaction of paddling upstream.

I took this photo in the mid-afternoon with thunderclouds building, giving the clouds great character and decreasing the light, preventing the light from blowing the photo out. The Hoover Dam is an impressive architectural project, whose enormity is difficult to capture from above. For scale, if you look closely you can see my friend in his kayak near the float line that prevents boat traffic near the base of the dam. An arching bridge is being built for the freeway to take the vehicle traffic off of the Hoover Dam. It is just out of the frame, closer to the photographer. I look forward to taking this shot again after the bridge is complete.

This photo was minimally processed in Photoshop increasing contrast slightly and removing some aberrant splotches caused by dirt on the CCD.

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