"If you hear a voice within you say, 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." --Vincent van Gogh

Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Grand!

Question: How do you capture the splendor and immensity of the Grand Canyon in a photograph?

Answer: You don't. You can't.

It is simply an amazing place. I was especially struck by the number of foreign languages we could hear all around us at any given time. With the dollar so weak against the Euro, there must be a lot of people travelling to the US for their holidays. We especially heard a lot of French. We met a lovely German couple at our hotel. They were here celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary. We were fortunate to be there while most US children were still in school. The crowds were very light, and the weather was beautiful.
We hiked about 1/3 of the way down into the Canyon. It took us a couple of hours. The trail was a mile long to that point, cutting back and forth along the edge of the Canyon. If you look closely (or click to enlarge) at the photo below, you can see the trail as we worked our way back up.

It is hard to believe that the Colorado River has created this place. As the chasm was cut, rain waters flowed over the edge and widened the canyon. It is huge, and spectacular, and someplace you should visit if you ever have the opportunity.


4 comments:

Jeanne Turner McBrayer said...

Stunning! Thanks for your gorgeous travel photos.

Joanna van said...

I love Arizona too. I agree with you it's hard to capture the beauty in a photo. So glad you are having good times...hopefully it isn't too hot.

Anonymous said...

One of my "to do" things is to visit the Grand Canyon. The photos are great but do not do it justice. I discovered a stone in my flower garden that may be petrified wood, and I have another that I know is.
Wiseguy

needlewings said...

Makes me want to go on another trip! Thanks for sharing. Hope your hand is healed up too! Glad you and Debmarie tried the dye and tyvek! It makes a nice header. Now that everyone is using alcohol inks, will have to try some of that too.