Monday, 24 March 2014

The most famous hole in the world.

Eventually I was bound to end up at the Grand Canyon.  Once I had found out that I could do a day trip from Scottsdale to the Grand Canyon the die was cast; I was going.

The first thing that struck me at the time was just how close you needed to be to the canyon before you saw any of it all - for something that huge it is very well hidden!  And then it was just there.  Boom.

All of these pictures are taken from the south rim, mostly from the rim walk near Grand Canyon Village.

I'm still wrestling with the words to use in my other blog about seeing the Grand Canyon - I'll get there eventually I suppose!

So, here they are.  The light was really hard, changing second by second, rather than minute by minute.  There was pouring rain, snow, wind and rushing clouds.  It was remarkable.











I could have stood and watched all day - but I had a tour bus to catch - maybe next time I'll just be able to stand and look.

You can find more pictures from around the world at Our World Tuesday.

SM


39 comments:

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Beautiful!!! I'll never forget the very first sighting of the canyon as we drove from the park gate to the massive crevice in the land!! I was speechless. What I won't forget are the shadows that constantly change as the clouds roll by along the canyon and rock...it's awe inspiring!

Your photos bring back lots of fond memories Stewart

Revrunner said...

Great photos, Stewart!

Margaret Adamson said...

hi Stewart. WOW! Amazing sights. It is so vast and the colours are wonderful hanks for sharing

thewovenspoke said...

Yes, next time you go spend an entire day! The Canyon is one of my favorite places, the view from the bottom is staggering. My first rim to rim hike I took over 300 photos and that was with a film type SLR! I really hope someday you will come back.

Andrea said...

What? You didnt ride the donkies down to the bottom? So what if there was snow and ice and rain ... you have to ride the donkeies to the bottom. Now you will have to come back for sure.

All joking aside, your pictures are marvelous and taken from a vantage point that is not the common postcard shot. I love seeing the Canyon from another perspective and leave it to you to be the one to show it to me. I do agree with your other commenter that seeing it from the bottom really gives you a better sense of it's enormity. I am so glad you were able to see it ... A trip to Arizona without an excursion to the Grand Canyon is unheard of. Thanks, Stewart, these are really nice. Made my day ...

Andrea @ From The Sol

Irma said...

Hi Stewart,
What a beautiful landscape is the Grand Canyon.
Beautiful colors in the rocks.
Greetings Irma

Sylvia K said...

It is indeed an awesome place! I haven't been there in years, but your pics are the next best thing!! Thanks for sharing and thanks for the memories!! Hope you have a great week, Stewart!!

Terri @ Backward B Ranch said...

Top of my bucket list!! I hope it doesn't take forever to get there. Thanks so much for sharing- these photos are superb, but I'll bet it is jaw dropping in person.

TexWisGirl said...

it's just amazing, isn't it. :)

Montanagirl said...

Spectacular! I was there as a little girl, and still remember how awesome it all was. Lovely photos!!!

R. Mac Wheeler said...

"Big Hole."

Funny

I'm glad you made it there.

Marcia said...

You got some fantastic shots. I've been there twice in my life. Once when I was almost 7 and again in 1994 when the family spent 6 weeks camping across the USA.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

This is right near the top of my bucket list Stewart. Wow these pictures really put the enormity of it in perspective!

Gail Dixon said...

Beautiful images! I'd love to see this in person.

Dział Przyrody MŚO said...

Wow, this is a amazing place!
Greta shots.
Best regards :-)

Richard Pegler said...

Your amazing pictures have put the canyon on my bucket list too, Stewart. Thank you for sharing them with us. I fancy the trip to the bottom, but not the walk up again!

Cynthia said...

I remember, I had the same thought, how it's invisible and then so dramatic when you get close. Your photos are interesting.

Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Yep, words are kind of superfluous. But if anyone can do it, you can. Gorgeous pictures. It has been way too long for us. The Southwest (Arizona, Utah, Colorado) are all just full of wonderful parks. Come back and stay longer!!

Fun60 said...

Breathtaking!

maryaustria said...

Wow! This are gorgeous photos! What an impressive landscape! Hope to get there someday...

Jill Harrison said...

Wow what amazing vistas. You have certainly done them justice with your camera. I am not sure if we will ever get there, although our good friends have. Truly one of the most amazing places in the world.
Have a wonderful week.

Jen said...

I love the Grand Canyon! It's one of the few places that live up to the hype. Too bad you didn't have time to go below the rim.

eileeninmd said...

Stewart, gorgeous captures of the Grand Canyon! It really is grand! Have a happy week!

Brian King said...

Absolutely gorgeous photos! I'm glad you had the opportunity to see it!

Mama Zen said...

These are magnificent!

Karen said...

Another place on my bucket list! Terrific photos Stewart, makes me want to put the Grand Canyon on the top of my list!

Kusum Sanu said...

Beautiful! Which is the other blog?

Shey Wicklund said...

Gorgeous captures. Would love to go back there to visit soon. :)

ladyfi said...

Wow - what an amazing sight! Gorgeous shots.

Joe said...

Fantastic photos of an awe inspiring place. Brings back some wonderful memories. Thanks.

JRandSue said...

Just amazing scenes,book me a ticket
must go there.
John.

Kenneth Cole Schneider said...

Those views are spectacular! We camped at Grand Canyon Village for three nights during our RV trip through Arizona last year. I saw my first California Condors from that vantage point over Battleship Rock.

Pat Tillett said...

BEAUTIFUL photos Stewart! Not only does the lighting change rapidly, so do the colors. It's very hard to take a photo that does justice to the size and scale of the place. Heck, it's hard to describe it. I've been there many times and I'm still in awe whenever I see it.

Liz said...

Wonderful images, Stewart!
It really is quite a sight isn't it?? When I visited as a 15year old, I can remember the vastness literally taking my breath away and going home to show of my MANY images and continually saying that the photos didn't do it justice. Even from a great image it's hard to appreciate the vast expanse that is the Grand Canyon. It must be seen to be believed.

Linda W. said...

Wonderful shots! The Grand Canyon is firmly on my bucket list to visit - hopefully it will happen this fall.

DeniseinVA said...

You managed to get the ever changing face of the Canyon Stewart. Great photos!

Electra said...

Spectacular shots. Brings back great memories for me, thank you!

magda and crew in australia said...

Hi Stewart,
(and I've spelt your name correctly this time. Again my apologies for having not done so before)

And now I'm stumped for adequate words for the way you have portrayed the Grand Canyon through your photos.
One thing I do feel is they are definitely a series that stand alongside with the best I have seen of the Grand Canyon.

Then your words describing the light, rain, snow, wind and rushing clouds flowing through my thoughts as I viewed the images felt magical. Combining that with your description of just suddenly there it all is.. the impact would have been stunning, emotionally transporting, and physically almost overwhelming.

I can really appreciate its name Grand now a lot better. I think such a small big meaning word is all that is required, the rest just happens, and truly defines the meaning of Grand.

Thank you for this really impact sharing.
Truly a beautiful experience.

magda and crew in australia said...

PS... I was so caught-up with your Grand Canyon words and photos Stewart I forgot to thank you for your visit to my Blue-face Posting.
Thank you for the visit, deeply appreciated as always