Friday, June 30, 2017

The Grand Canyon Overwhelms the Senses

The Grand Canyon in June 2017
On our first visit to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon 10 years ago, we experienced a vivid landscape near sunset. It was also autumn with cooler temperatures and perhaps a bit clearer air. 
This was Elisabeth's first trip to the Grand Canyon. Jonah was barely a year old when Kelly and I first visited. I was freshly impacted by the views but it did seem that it was perhaps a little less striking than in our memory. The difference in the time of day, time of year, and the fact that a prescribed forest fire was taking place meant more haze and less than ideal lighting for clearly distinguishing the rich beauty and magnitude of this grandest of canyons. That being said, it is extremely difficult to comprehend the dimensions and vastness of this space under any circumstance. 
While that last visit may have been a more ideal time of day and year, every visit is unique and overwhelms the senses. I am all for making multiple trips of varying lengths to see this iconic landmark it all it's wondrous glory. God willing, the next time perhaps we will hike down into its depths to help actualize the true size and shape of it all.
The Grand Canyon in October 20017

All the following photos are from this most recent trip.
Cactus Flower

Sego Lily (State Flower of Utah) on the South Rim of Grand Canyon
Elk at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon

Rock Squirrel

Thrasher?
The Colorado River at the east end of the Grand Canyon
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