Short History of Greenehaven Arizona on Lake Powell

By
Real Estate Broker/Owner with Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC

This area was pretty well teaming with human life since about the year 400. There was no lake but the Colorado River was nearby. The bay in the photo is Wahweap Bay. Wahweap means "bitter water". The Colorado, before the dams, was either raging in the spring with the snow melt, or 90 degrees and a wall of moving mud in the late summer, early fall.

The native Americans built some villages on the shores of tributaries of the Colorado, but not on the river itself. Wahweap only had water flowing in it during spring run off, or during the monsoon season in the summer. The water would stagnate in pools and become unsafe to use. It is thought they named it Wahweap as a warning to their own children and to other's passing through of the danger of the stagnant water.

The Mormon Pioneers got to this area about the same time as John Wesley Powell, the 1860's. I plan on doing posts on Lee's Ferry - one heck of a story there with the graveyard and the only crossing of the Colorado for hundreds of miles. It's also one of my favorite places to hang out today.

Art Greene was one of the next really influential people in the area leading tours not only down the Colorado river, but opening a trading post and leading folks to Rainbow Bridge. Greenehaven, Arizona is named after him.

The Glen Canyon Dam was started in 1956 and finished in 1966. Waweap creek then filled up and became Wahweap Bay on Lake Powell! Greenehaven now boasts the closest place to own land next to Lake Powell.

Lake Powell from Greenehaven

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Comments (15)

Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

Heather - interesting post about the Greenhaven area. Great photo!

Aug 29, 2008 03:50 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Sharon - Thanks! Can you imagine having that view out your family room or kictchen window???

Aug 29, 2008 08:55 AM
Dale Terry
Yadkinville, NC

After visiting the area a few years ago, I have always wondered about the history of some parts of the Lake Powell site.  Thanks for the brief history lesson. 

Aug 30, 2008 07:08 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

The history of the Colorado plateau is amazing in an of itself but the Lake Powell, mid Colorado River is astounding. The river was so violent not many lived by it, and was also the last mapped part of America as we know it today.

Aug 30, 2008 08:22 AM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography

Heather-

Is this a High Dynamic Range image? It's beautiful and I love the saturated sky and lake.

Aug 30, 2008 08:36 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Bryant - Thanks! Yes, it's an HDR image put together in Photomatrix. I have a Cannon XT and shot it at -1.5, 0, +1.5

 

Aug 30, 2008 08:52 AM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography

Heather-

I use photomatix as well, my workhorse body right now is a canon EOS 5d. I also use PTGui to create HDR panormaic stitched images.

Aug 30, 2008 09:04 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Wow - we are on the same page :-) I have not done any HDR Pano's but have used PTGui to put together some 360 Pano shots of my Lake View Lots - (click on the circle photo)

Lake Powell View Property

My son has done a bunch of these - shots of Rainbow Bridge and Horseshoe bend below Glen Canyon Dam on the Colorado River, the petrograph descending sheep wall, as well as Corkscrew Canyon (Slot Canyon) They can be found here if you are interested

Rankin Studio Pano 360

I am still just beginning - but am having a blast with it.

Aug 30, 2008 09:18 AM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography

Heather-

I love the slot canyon images and am in the process of planning a photo trip to the southwest, hopefully in the next few years. I just returned from a photography trip to Southern California if you care to check out my images from that trip: http://www.photobiz.com/slideshowbiz/slideshow.cfm?slideshowID=23703&photographerID=4550

I am still learning HDR but am enjoying adding this skill set to my bag of tricks.

Aug 30, 2008 09:27 AM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Bryant - The Boarder Field State Park2 shot is one of my favorites. The night beach with the blues is awesome and anything from La Jolla (my aunt lives there!) Great site all the way around.

I went to RE school in Sedona this last spring and after a snowy day got these in HDR (these were my first)

SEDONA

So far I've not found any specific recipe in Photomatrix that works for all of them. I don't like the default settings on the tonemapping so i pop up strength to the low 90's and the saturation to the high 70's.

I usually use the camera set on Aperture Priority, if landscapes between 18 and 20, iso 100. For the ones inside I dropped the Ap down to 3.5, no flash and natural lighting in the afternoon still at iso 100.

I'm still a newbie when it comes to this, need to read more - experiment more - but the results out of the gate are pleasing.

Aug 30, 2008 12:38 PM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography

Heather-

I really liked the Sedona 89A image, dark and foreboding. I have the best luck in Photomatix with the Tone Compressor versus the details enhancer. I also tend to use a lower saturation and color Temp, -1 or -2 to keep the image looking more natural.

Aug 30, 2008 12:55 PM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Bryant - Wow, thank you. I've not tried that before but just ran one through on those settings and it tends to get rid of the "dark blob" i've ended up with in some of my skies... hmmmmmm. Thanks!

Aug 30, 2008 01:12 PM
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography - Bryant Payden
B. Payden Photography, LLC - Manassas, VA
Northern Virginia Real Estate Photography

Heather-

No problem at all, I also teach photography technique on the side, so I enjoy helping others.

Aug 30, 2008 01:36 PM
Carla Freund
Keller Williams Preferred Realty - Raleigh, NC
Carolina Life RealEstate & Relocation 919-602-8489

Heather-

Great photo!  We camped on Lk. Powell about 16 years ago and it is a beautiful place.  We stayed on the water and I don't remember exactly where but, it was absolutely beautiful.

Thanks for the history.  Have a great week!

Sep 29, 2008 11:47 PM
Heather Rankin
Rankin Realty at Lake Powell, LLC - Page, AZ
Lake Powell Real Estate

Carla ~ thanks so much. Lake Powell is one of the most over looked areas of our country. By far we get more Japanesse and European visitors each year. Someday we are gonna get discovered LOL

Sep 30, 2008 08:36 AM