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We arrived at the Grand Canyon before noon, but it was such an overcast day, we couldn't catch the bright colors that the sun would have given us. However…it is more than magnificent! A lifetime of canyon photography could never capture it's glory! This is my humble attempt!

The enormity of the Grand Canyon srtikes you the moment you step to the canyon wall! Not surprising that it is one of the “Seven
Wonders of the Natural World”!

Some of the many incredible rock formations across the canyon, which is 12 miles wind and one mile deep!

I was terrified every time Larry walked over to the rim of the canyon because it was about 3000 feet straight down - and NO guard rails!

I just happened to turn around and catch this California condor in flight right over my head! Their wing span is about 5-6 feet!

Later, I saw another one floating over the canyon, but this one was a long way from me!

I liked this dead tree in the foreground, while the Colorado River looks like a small stream at the bottom of the canyon. A small trail makes it's way down to the river's edge.

The small white line is actually the hiking path down Bright Angel Trail, which is over 12 miles down and back to the top and usually requires two days to make the round trip.

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    • # Jeniffer Sams

      Surreal comes to mind... That is mind boggling.... I live on the east coast and I have never seen anything like this in person..... I would imagine it may be up their with seeing the Florence Cathedral when I do get there..... Beautiful, jaw dropping work

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    • # Gonia

      special pictures from special place! congratulations! again and again!

      2012.01.29 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jay

      Yay! I am so pleased you were chosen. It's really deserving :-))

      2012.01.29 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Joe

      Congratulations on having your photo selected as a finalist in the latest theme contest, Brenda.

      2012.01.29 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Jay

      Seeing those condors is a real honor. When I stare at the length of just one wing and wonder what the comparison would be like to see a "simple" hawk or eagle flying underneath. Your shot of the canyon and the enriched color went right into my favorites. It is like a mural of rich marble. Just beautiful Good work! Glorious.

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    • # Jacki

      Such a gorgeous place and this is a great shot, Brenda... congratulations on the theme win!

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    • # Neil

      Tell Larry : First you get a really large raft (Kinda like a green with no sandtraps and drains to the cup", Throw away the titleists, get some callaways, and go for it, and don't 3 putt anything !! Eagle all the par 3's. It's kinda like that !! cd

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    • # Lynn

      AWE-INSPIRING!!! Incredible views and SUPERB photography Brenda...I am very very impressed by this set!!! This is definitely a "WOW" post and FP material...CONGRATS :))

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    • # Lisa

      Wow, these are some of my favorite shots I've seen of the Grand Canyon!

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    • # Kerri

      These are beautiful! I just commented on Larry's photos that I have always wanted to go to the Grand Canyon. Maybe someday ..

      2010.04.20 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Gerd Korts

      Gorgeous Brenda, up to today I never would have thought about Grand Canyon in combination with the color green. Seems that all the other photos you usually see are from late summer. Thanks for sharing, learnt something new today

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    • # Bwannadon

      Great shots Brenda, number one is magnificent... I like the muted colors. These exposures are superb.. bright sunlight would have brought with it the problem of dynamic range.

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    • # Marsha

      OK, this is just a spectacular set, Brenda!! Incredible views.....especially LOVE the first and last! You should have put a parachute on Larry....just in case ;)))

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    • # John Nelson

      Amazing! I really need to go there sometime. The shot of the condor is a great one! It's huge!

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    • # Davorka ČEoviä‡

      Brenda, I was breathless ........... I admire you, not just for the photo, but for places where you come !!!!!!! is very nice view, the air!

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    • # Giancarlo Fosci

      in this moment I envy you po a this wonderful show I will not see it never from the alive one therefore thanks to you in order to have shared it

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    • # Sara G

      First one is really beautiful...love the condor photo too...how fortunate you caught that! Nope, it's grandeur cannot be adequately captured but you did a great job :-)

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    • # Neil

      Great shots, loved the first one , which is heading out toward "Indian Springs" . The Canyon is a beautiful Place !! Been down the Colorado River there, 3 times. cd

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    • # Huiching

      Stunning views, Brenda. never see such beautiful sceneslike this in Thailand...

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    • # Annette

      I completely know what you mean! When I went there for spring break I definitely took around 200 pics in one morning at the grand canyon and none of them came close to actually experiencing it in person! I'm so glad you got to go! I think it's great that with just a 3 week difference in visits the landscape looks so different! I can't see a bit of snow in your shots when it was everywhere in mine and I love the green in #1. It's like a completely different place than what I visited. Great job Brenda!

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    • # Ray

      Lynn, these are just amazing. It must have been breathing taking by the looks of #1 and 3

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    • # Threepeas

      Spectacular photos! My husband is grumblingly envious that you saw a condor...that's a rare find! The canyon looks beautiful even in the overcast light!

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    • # Agnes Felber

      I read some place that it is a sight that no photography could do justice to. I am thankful that I had once the opportunity to see it in person! Awesome place, indeed!

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    • # Brian

      I've never been there but definately will one of these days. Amazing views and images.

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