Looking Out Over The Grand Canyon

Exploring the Grand Canyon

Can you make out the tiny people on the rocky outcrop in the foreground? It must be an amazing feeling to be standing there, assuming you’ve got a head for heights.

Bird on a tree snag

The natural grandeur seems to exert a powerful influence over creatures as well as humans. I’ve already posted a different shot of a blue bird surveying the canyon from this wonderful tree snag. If the branch starts to give way, the bird should be able to fly off into the canyon below.

The mountain goat’s in a trickier situation but seemed equally fascinated by the drop. The pictures aren’t great as I didn’t want to scare it: though clearly used to humans, I assume they can still be startled, just like us. In the second shot, the deer is aware of me, but still has a dreamy look.

Rock formation at the Grand Canyon

The effect of weathering made some of the rock formations look as if their days on high were numbered, yet there’s at least one man standing on the edge of the precipice. I’m no adrenalin junkie but can imagine this place being rather too tempting for those who are. Very little of the site is fenced or inaccessible if you’re fit enough to climb.

We had planned to arrive at the canyon in plenty of time to catch the sunset, which we could see would have been glorious even from the highway. As we got held up in traffic, we had to ‘make do’ with the dawn. Hardly a tragedy!

Shared for this week’s photo challenge.

 

41 Replies to “Looking Out Over The Grand Canyon”

  1. wow now that’s on my list of places to visit. Last trip down south I couldn’t fit it in thanks to the trade show I attended but next time I am so there!

        1. It can feel very hard to squeeze in the odd day off to see some of the things that are tantalisingly on your doorstep when you’re travelling for work, but it’s rare you regret it if you do.

  2. Hardly a tragedy at all! Beautiful pictures. My husband and I went a few years back and climbed out onto a jutting I really don’t think we were supposed to. To us, it was the only way to see it! But we moved back to more solid ground quickly.

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