Hiking Havasu

Price:  Free

Format:  eBook, PDF format, 10 pages

Size:  5.92MB

Requirement: Adobe Acrobat Reader 9.0 or greater

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Vibrant turquoise waters and deep, reddish-orange canyon walls make Havasu Canyon a breath-taking sight. Any photographer who descends into this beautiful and unique canyon is sure to come away with fantastic photographs. Access is difficult, but the trip is worth the extra effort.
There are three ways to get into to Havasu canyon: helicopter, mule, or your own two feet. Being the annoying over-achievers that we are, we decided to backpack to Havasu Campground and camp for three days. After our trip, we got a lot of questions: What was the experience like? What photographs did we come away with? What is the best time of day for photographing the falls?

In an attempt to answer some of these questions, we have created and published our first, short, interactive e-book. This e-book combines some of our best shots with some helpful information for anyone interested in visiting the area. We lightened things up a bit with our account of the trip. We’ve also included tips for shooting Havasu Canyon… so, there’s something for everyone.

20 replies
  1. Bryan Acking
    Bryan Acking says:

    Hi Jay and Varina, since i discovered you and your work, i never stopped following the changes and news. From blogs to facebook pages, i always follow your works. Too sad i am from a far country and cannot participate in workshops, etc. The e-book is great and worth your great talent. Thanks for the job you are doing and keep making us dream with these photographs.


    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thanks, Bryan! I’m glad you’ve enjoyed our work! It’s great to know that people are following our work so closely… and I hope we can continue to offer good information and interesting content! I can assure you that we’ll keep on trying!

  2. Shivakumar
    Shivakumar says:


    This gotta be one of the fantastic presentations you both came up with. Really loved the way the report is presented. Liked everything from how you went and what you did and most imptly the last part of the report which had tips. The place looks awesome and your images have done exact justice to the beauty of the place.
    Really liked the idea of having a pdf presentation for your writeup :)
    On one side note would suggest have a non-image background for future presentations for better readability.
    Great stuff and keep continuing to give us such stunners.


    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thanks so much, Shiv! We appreciate your suggestions – I’ll see what I can do to make backgrounds less intrusive… maybe reducing the opacity even further? :) All the best!

  3. Shawn Vogt
    Shawn Vogt says:

    Jay and Varina,

    Looking forward to more like this in the future! Very nicely done the photographs and storytelling is everything I’ve come to appreciate about you two!

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thanks, Shawn! We’re having fun with this new format. We’re surprised at the number of downloads already today. It’s great to see that people are enjoying our work!

  4. Mark Gutowski
    Mark Gutowski says:


    I had the opportunity to visit Jerry and Esther Corbett at their new farm in Wooster and saw the photo of the Twinsburg farm Jay was telling me about–Great work! I think that a follow-up visit by you to their postcard perfect farm in Wooster is in order. I know they would love to see you.


  5. Jack Johnson
    Jack Johnson says:

    Terrific ebook, guys! I love the layout, including the background, although I do agree that reducing its opacity might aid readability. Great photos, tips, and anecdotes – as always, I greatly enjoyed your writer’s voice.

    I look forward to more ebooks in the future!

    – Jack

  6. Jim Goldstein
    Jim Goldstein says:

    Exceptional write up Jay and Varina. Stunning photos as always. I’m looking forward to seeing the changed landscape myself. Keep up the great work. Your layout and design of the eBook complimented your beautiful photos.

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Thanks, Jim! We appreciate the feedback! We hope to be able to visit Havasu again within the next year or so… we can’t wait to see it again. I hope you get a chance to see the changed landscape soon. :)

  7. Cristina
    Cristina says:

    Varina and Jay,

    I love the photographs, the format and I enjoyed immensely the story. Looking forward to new eBooks like this one!


  8. cheri h
    cheri h says:

    love it!! love it!!! Love it!! I was married there in may of 2004 – before i purchased my first dslr and my photos are so lovely – what a perfect location. yes the hike down stream is some what of a experence to say the least and we didn’t have a proble with the dog but with squarils which chewed holes in our pack. Thank you so much for posting this e-book. jim and i would love to return – and yes the 11 mile hike down is’nt fun until you see the beatuifl watefalls and larger trees.
    Cheri Harrington

    • Varina Patel
      Varina Patel says:

      Wow! What a wonderful place to get married, Cheri! It’s a heck of a place, isn’t it? We are so glad you enjoyed our e-book – and thanks so much for the comment. It’s always great to hear stories like yours! It gives places like Havasu even greater meaning for everyone!


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