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Adam Schallau @adamschallau

Photographer capturing the American West with a focus on Grand Canyon & Colorado River. ⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀

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I can't hide it, I'm pretty excited about this. My work is on both the cover and back cover of the May 2019 issue of @arizonahighways !!! I also have six images in a portfolio in the magazine!
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This issue celebrates 150 years of running the Colorado River, and it includes an essay by Craig Childs @journalizard, a story and photos by Barry Goldwater (yes, the senator), and an article by Brad Dimock @fretwaterboatworks with photos by Rudi Petschek.
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I've been photographing the canyon for a bit over 10 years now, and while photography is often a solitary endeavor, I feel it's important to acknowledge those that have contributed to my work and helped me in getting the shot, especially those that I have shared the river experience with. These folks include David Edwards, Joe Bennion, my wife Sally, Amy Martin, Mark Bennion, Brian Yadon, Patrick Clark, Martha Clark (now Martha Stewart), Thad Stewart, Pat Brown, and Catherine Ryan who was kind enough to allow me to photograph her on the boats.
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Lastly, a big thanks to the team at Arizona Highways. I still can't believe I get to contribute to this incredible magazine.
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I can't hide it, I'm pretty excited about this. My work is on both the cover and back cover of the May 2019 issue of @arizonahighways !!! I also have six images in a portfolio in the magazine! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ This issue celebrates 150 years of running the Colorado River, and it includes an essay by Craig Childs @journalizard, a story and photos by Barry Goldwater (yes, the senator), and an article by Brad Dimock @fretwaterboatworks with photos by Rudi Petschek. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I've been photographing the canyon for a bit over 10 years now, and while photography is often a solitary endeavor, I feel it's important to acknowledge those that have contributed to my work and helped me in getting the shot, especially those that I have shared the river experience with. These folks include David Edwards, Joe Bennion, my wife Sally, Amy Martin, Mark Bennion, Brian Yadon, Patrick Clark, Martha Clark (now Martha Stewart), Thad Stewart, Pat Brown, and Catherine Ryan who

Today is the birthday of Major John Wesley Powell, a U.S. soldier, geologist, and explorer of the American West. Powell and his team were the first known explorers to successfully run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This year is the 150th anniversary of that historic run.
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I can’t wait to be back on the river later this year, but until then I’ll dream of towering canyon walls, beautiful light, the sound of the river, and good times with friends.
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Happy Birthday to Major Powell, and thank you for leading the way.
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Today is the birthday of Major John Wesley Powell, a U.S. soldier, geologist, and explorer of the American West. Powell and his team were the first known explorers to successfully run the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon. This year is the 150th anniversary of that historic run. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I can’t wait to be back on the river later this year, but until then I’ll dream of towering canyon walls, beautiful light, the sound of the river, and good times with friends. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Happy Birthday to Major Powell, and thank you for leading the way. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #becauseaoutside #arizonahighways #outdoorproject #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon conservancy #grandcanyon #nationalparkphotography #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #visitarizona #exceptional pictures #natgeoyourshot

‘Pastel Views’
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Rain falls into the depths of the Grand Canyon. The jagged lines of the landscape lose their edge, as sunlight gently paints the canyon in pastel hues.
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‘Pastel Views’ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Rain falls into the depths of the Grand Canyon. The jagged lines of the landscape lose their edge, as sunlight gently paints the canyon in pastel hues. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #becauseaoutside #arizonahighways #outdoorproject #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon conservancy #grandcanyon #nationalparkphotography #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #visitarizona #moodygrams #exceptional pictures #natgeoyourshot #passionpassport #national park photography #instagood #coloradoriver #americanrivers #wearerivers

A gorgeous waterfall in the towering narrows of Matkatamiba Canyon. This side canyon is a short hike from river mile 148.4 on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park.
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An amusing anecdote about this photo…I was setting up my shot with the camera on the tripod when the water flowing through the creek began to slowdown, and within a minute it was nothing more than a trickle. As I was almost done getting things setup when I heard a bunch of guys up stream of me somewhere “whooping and hollering” and then I heard the water coming. It turns out that they were using their bodies to collectively damn the creek and didn’t think about the people that might be downstream of them. Before I could realize what was about to happen, a wall of water came rushing down this cascade slamming into me and my camera. It knocked me off my feet and sent the camera tumbling over into the rocks. All in all, it was just another day as a nature photographer.
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A gorgeous waterfall in the towering narrows of Matkatamiba Canyon. This side canyon is a short hike from river mile 148.4 on the Colorado River within Grand Canyon National Park. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ An amusing anecdote about this photo…I was setting up my shot with the camera on the tripod when the water flowing through the creek began to slowdown, and within a minute it was nothing more than a trickle. As I was almost done getting things setup when I heard a bunch of guys up stream of me somewhere “whooping and hollering” and then I heard the water coming. It turns out that they were using their bodies to collectively damn the creek and didn’t think about the people that might be downstream of them. Before I could realize what was about to happen, a wall of water came rushing down this cascade slamming into me and my camera. It knocked me off my feet and sent the camera tumbling over into the rocks. All in all, it was just another day as a nature photographer.

Ten years ago on this date in 2009, I reported to the South Rim of Grand Canyon to be an Artist-in-Residence for the national park. I was one of three artists selected that year to participate in the program. Over 300 people had applied, and to this day I’m still not sure how I was so lucky to have been selected. During my nearly month-long stay living in the park, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people all of whom were eager to share their favorite places at the canyon, educate me about the canyon, and help me better appreciate what makes it truly special.
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Since 2009 I have made it my mission to be an ambassador for Grand Canyon. It is through my photographs and stories that I share my interpretation of what makes the canyon a place that deserves to be protected and preserved for future generations. Since 2010 I have worked with almost 250 youths from underserved communities who are participants in the Grand Canyon Filed Schools programs. I share with them my passion for the canyon, how I photograph it, and the influence art and artists have had on the creation and shaping of our national parks. It has been incredible to see the impact this place has on them, and to see the art they create.
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Today I share with you the final photograph I created as an Artist-in-Residence at Grand Canyon National Park. This image was created on my last day living in the park and the first print is part of the park’s ‘Museum Collection.’ The print can be seen in the Park Headquarters building. This is the same photo used for the cover of the centennial book titled ‘Grand Canyon National Park, 100 Views.’
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Thank you to everyone that has been part of this journey.
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Ten years ago on this date in 2009, I reported to the South Rim of Grand Canyon to be an Artist-in-Residence for the national park. I was one of three artists selected that year to participate in the program. Over 300 people had applied, and to this day I’m still not sure how I was so lucky to have been selected. During my nearly month-long stay living in the park, I had the opportunity to meet many wonderful people all of whom were eager to share their favorite places at the canyon, educate me about the canyon, and help me better appreciate what makes it truly special. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Since 2009 I have made it my mission to be an ambassador for Grand Canyon. It is through my photographs and stories that I share my interpretation of what makes the canyon a place that deserves to be protected and preserved for future generations. Since 2010 I have worked with almost 250 youths from underserved communities who are participants in the Grand Canyon Filed Schools programs. I

Sunrise this morning at Grand Canyon National Park was on fire! It was as if there were 100 birthday candles burning brightly in the sky in celebration of Grand Canyon National Park turning 100 today. President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Grand Canyon National Park on February 26, 1919. Happy Birthday!
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Sunrise this morning at Grand Canyon National Park was on fire! It was as if there were 100 birthday candles burning brightly in the sky in celebration of Grand Canyon National Park turning 100 today. President Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation creating Grand Canyon National Park on February 26, 1919. Happy Birthday! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #becauseaoutside #arizonahighways #outdoorproject #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon conservancy #grandcanyontrust #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #sunrise

“The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse.” ~ John Wesley Powell
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Sunset from Powell Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
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“The elements that unite to make the Grand Canyon the most sublime spectacle in nature are multifarious and exceedingly diverse.” ~ John Wesley Powell ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ Sunset from Powell Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #becauseaoutside #arizonahighways #outdoorproject #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #etchedmagazine #amongthewild #grand canyon association #grand canyon conservancy #grandcanyontrust #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #gogrand #grandcanyonnps

An ephemeral waterfall plunges into the Grand Canyon as a monsoon storm breaks and golden light strikes the canyon walls. Within another minute or two this waterfall was gone. From mile 166 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park.
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An ephemeral waterfall plunges into the Grand Canyon as a monsoon storm breaks and golden light strikes the canyon walls. Within another minute or two this waterfall was gone. From mile 166 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #becauseaoutside #arizonahighways #outdoorproject #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #etchedmagazine #amongthewild #grand canyon association #grand canyon conservancy #grandcanyontrust #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #grandcanyonphotographer #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #coloradoriver #sunrise #americanrivers #wearerivers

The sun finally rises above the cliffs of Conquistador Aisle near mile 122 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
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The sun finally rises above the cliffs of Conquistador Aisle near mile 122 on the Colorado River in Grand Canyon National Park. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #explorearizona #ig arizona #conquerarizona #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscape lovers #arizonahighways #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon conservancy #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #grandcanyonphotographer #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #coloradoriver #sunrise #americanrivers #wearerivers

Summer rain falls as sunset approaches, and the Colorado River reflects the golden sky as it snakes through the shadowy depths of Grand Canyon.
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Summer rain falls as sunset approaches, and the Colorado River reflects the golden sky as it snakes through the shadowy depths of Grand Canyon. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #explorearizona #ig arizona #conquerarizona #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscape lovers #arizonahighways #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon conservancy #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #grandcanyonphotographer #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #coloradoriver #sunrise #americanrivers #wearerivers

I could spend years photographing the geology down along the Colorado River deep within Grand Canyon. It’s a world full of beautiful shapes, texture, and color. Here we see a vein of pink Zoroaster Granite within Vishnu Schist.
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I could spend years photographing the geology down along the Colorado River deep within Grand Canyon. It’s a world full of beautiful shapes, texture, and color. Here we see a vein of pink Zoroaster Granite within Vishnu Schist. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #explorearizona #ig arizona #conquerarizona #igsouthwest #optoutside #landscape lovers #arizonahighways #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon conservancy #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #grandcanyonphotographer #gogrand #grandcanyonnps

Happy birthday to the artist Thomas Moran who was born on this date in 1837. Moran was a painter of the Hudson River School of art and created stunning paintings of many western scenes including Grand Canyon. His work was known for capturing a romantic sense of color and atmosphere. I often seek out conditions that allow me to capture scenes that I feel are similar to what he may have painted. I call this piece ‘Dancing Rain’ and it was captured in May 2015 from a perch on the South Rim near Hopi Point.
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Happy birthday to the artist Thomas Moran who was born on this date in 1837. Moran was a painter of the Hudson River School of art and created stunning paintings of many western scenes including Grand Canyon. His work was known for capturing a romantic sense of color and atmosphere. I often seek out conditions that allow me to capture scenes that I feel are similar to what he may have painted. I call this piece ‘Dancing Rain’ and it was captured in May 2015 from a perch on the South Rim near Hopi Point. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #arizonahighways #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon association #grand canyon conservancy #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #grandcanyonphotographer #gogrand #grandcanyonnps #thomasmoran #coloradoriver #americanrivers #wearerivers

Winter storms at the Grand Canyon often mean reduced visibility, as in the canyon pretty much disappears for hours or even days at a time, as the clouds move in and the snow falls. On this date in February 2013 I waited nearly all day standing on the rim of the canyon surrounded by clouds hoping for a break in just such a storm. The wind was howling and the temperature was well below freezing. I had taken a fall on the ice while setting up my camera & tripod, I was sore and frustrated, and I was just about ready to give up when suddenly the atmosphere began to take on a subtle glow. Within less than a minute the clouds began to part and the sky over the canyon opened up allowing sunlight to stream through and strike the canyon walls.
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Winter storms at the Grand Canyon often mean reduced visibility, as in the canyon pretty much disappears for hours or even days at a time, as the clouds move in and the snow falls. On this date in February 2013 I waited nearly all day standing on the rim of the canyon surrounded by clouds hoping for a break in just such a storm. The wind was howling and the temperature was well below freezing. I had taken a fall on the ice while setting up my camera & tripod, I was sore and frustrated, and I was just about ready to give up when suddenly the atmosphere began to take on a subtle glow. Within less than a minute the clouds began to part and the sky over the canyon opened up allowing sunlight to stream through and strike the canyon walls. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #arizonahighways #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #amongthewild #grand canyon association #grand

A winter walk through the forest on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is a transformative experience. The only sound you hear is the wind whispering through the tall Ponderosa pines, the crunch of fresh snow under your feet, and the beating of your heart.
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A winter walk through the forest on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park is a transformative experience. The only sound you hear is the wind whispering through the tall Ponderosa pines, the crunch of fresh snow under your feet, and the beating of your heart. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #arizonacollective #explorearizona #instagramaz #igsouthwest #ig bliss #optoutside #landscapephotography #landscape lovers #becauseaoutside #arizonahighways #outdoorproject #wildernesssociety #nationalparkgeek #etchedmagazine #amongthewild #grand canyon association #grand canyon conservancy #grandcanyontrust #protectgrandcanyon #grandcanyon #national park photography #grandcanyonphotographer #gogrand #grandcanyonnps

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