The Grand Canyon, located in the middle of Arizona in the Grand Canyon National Park, is beyond compare. It is a canyon, of course, but it is far from “just” a canyon. It is a canyon some 18 miles wide, and 277 miles long. When you think about it, that scale is impossible to imagine, and it is a landscape and ecosystem unto itself.
Of course, such grandeur isn’t created immediately. It took, more or less, six million years to form, mostly by the patience of the Colorado River, which flows the entire length of the canyon. And although the canyon is home to mammals, birds, reptiles and amphibians, not a single fossil of a reptile has ever been found there.
Capturing and presenting the extraordinary beauty of the canyon presents a formidable challenge. No mere snapshot can ever hope to do it full justice. Nor will a merely ordinary shot. Instead, this photograph was made just after a storm passed through near sunset. The lighting was rich and deep, tinged with reds and golds. The clouds were just breaking up, providing contrast to the skies. And let’s not forget the grand view itself, for that is, after all, the subject of this photograph. Combining all of these elements together gives us the wonderful canyonic view.