This image was created during a hike with Alex Kunz in one of the Wilderness areas of Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. The 1 meter pit you see will someday, in the distant future, be the new canyon floor. The canyon itself was around 100 yards long and in some places you could 'crab walk' over the collapsed areas and in others you had to just jump in and walk on the new floor. It was pretty narrow, making photography difficult and using a tripod frustrating.
It's quiet here. In solitude I think it would be disturbingly quiet. It's an unfamiliar stillness.
The air is dry and clean save the occasional dusting of sand kicked up by a light breeze. I think we missed the best light but you could still catch a glimpse of a soft warmth reflecting off a bending wall.
The linear protrusions along the canyon wall appear to be the remains of previous floors whose softer sandstone has been washed out through eons of erosion. I've been through more mature Anza-Borrego slots and can now better appreciate what it took to 'grow' them to their current size and depth. Even with little appreciation for geology these formations will leave you with a weighty sense of reverence and wonder.
Alex mentioned he will not publicly note the exact location of this slot in his accounts so I've edited my blog to respect that. It's not a 'secret' by any means and many have made the trek out there but you really have to want to get there and those who truly want to see it will probably be the ones who will respect what they find. Yet, I'm sure it won't be too long before we find empty beer cans and names carved into the sandstone by the witless oafs who see the world as their dumpster. But, for now, it's as it should be.