Day 49 – Grand Canyon in Brief   8 comments

First discovered by non-native Americans in 1540, the Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular of the seven wonders of the natural world. Carved out of the Colorado Plateau over millions of years, the canyon is 277 miles (445 km) long as measured along the river and averages about one mile (1.6 km) deep. The southern rim sits at an elevation of 6,700 to 7,450 ft. At its widest point it spans 18 miles (29 km). The canyon has clearly earned its name.

The canyon generates feelings of awe, inspiration and even reverence in those who gaze upon it. This can be seen in the names given the peaks and formations populating the canyon such as Vishnu Temple, Rama Shrine, The Tabernacle, Solomon Temple, Jupiter Temple, Bright Angel Canyon, Osiris Temple, Dragon Head, and the Tower of Ra. With names such as these who could not be compelled to make the trip?

There are nearly 20 lookouts to explore along the south rim from Hermit’s Rest to the Watchtower at Desert View. Without any hiking, a day should be sufficient. Weather is always a gamble so definitely allow a couple of days minimum and get out to every sunrise and sunset.

If you’re serious about exploring there are a variety of ways to get a much richer Grand Canyon experience from helicopter flights, jeep tours, mule tours, river rafting trips and multi-day hikes. The guided multi-day tours along the river are popular and need to be booked as much as a year in advance.

The photo below is a panorama that was constructed from five shots. My photo stitching software of choice is Hugin. Click the photo to enlarge.

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8 responses to “Day 49 – Grand Canyon in Brief

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  1. That’s a wonderful photograph. The Grand Canyon is spectacular and those awes that it seems to generate are certainly captured in your image. Hugin is a great program for the free price tag.
    Thanks for sharing.

  2. Absolutely.

  3. wonderful photo with some beautiful tones. nice work!

  4. They just keep getting better.

  5. Gorgeous shots, Mike!
    You could go for a next career writing appetizing tourist attracting pamphlets?

  6. Great Pano, love the colours/tones/details. Thank you for sharing not only the moment but as well as the info on the software.

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