The Canyon Most Grand
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It is only a relatively short journey from Monument Valley to the Grand Canyon...maybe three hours. This was the first day with only a short drive since I began the trip. The drive gets really good after you turn on to Highway 64 headed to the Grand Canyon, because you quickly start handrailing a smaller canyon that leads into the Grander version.
This was my first time visiting the canyon. Honestly, in the back of my head I thought the hyperbole that usually accompanies it's descriptions alwyas seemed over done. I epected something cool, but not on the level that requires exclamation points. I was completely wrong.
So now the photographer in me has a problem. Many photographers before me have tried to capture the majesty of this canyon in one or any images. Many greats had tried before to include Ansel Adams. So I had to find something different or capture it in a new way that no one really has. Fortunately, the weather was incredibly cooperative.
First, when I arrived there where lots of light poofy clouds. This gave the sky a character not common in most Grand Canyon images. It also provided contrast in the shadows and cut some of the haze. So the afternoon and sunset shots had a unique quality.
Then the next morning when I arrived well before the dawn to catch the sunrise over the canyon, there were clouds lining the bottom of the canyon. I did a little dance. I could not beleive my luck because this is a rare meteorlogical event. The canyon wss a river of clouds.
So enough talk. Enjoy the photos. If you want to see the images larger, click on them and you will be taken to them on Flickr.
Next chapter Southern Arizona and some my best wildlife photography...ever.