Friday, March 29, 2013
Cape Royal Sunrise - Wide View
Cape Royal is a 40 minute drive from the Grand Canyon Lodge. It was a peaceful drive down a long, winding and dark road. As I made my way down the trail by flashlight, I could see the faintest of pre-dawn light to the east. As that light began to intensify, I discovered one of the most amazing views I have ever seen. The Grand Canyon in all of its glory at first light.
As the morning wore on, I spent nearly two hours at Cape Royal enjoying one vista after another. Eventually, I saw other people on the trail. They were seeing a beautiful landscape too, but they had missed it. The show was over and they would never know the difference. With an uplifted soul, I photographed a beautiful patch of Indian paintbrush; the best that I had ever seen.
Soon I was driving back towards the lodge, but not before I made a few more discoveries along the way. The columbine were also in bloom and a few hummingbirds were visiting the forest as well. This journey was amazing and I am truly thankful to those who had the foresight to set aside this unique wilderness for all to enjoy!
Yesterday, I posted another image made from the exact same location with a telephoto lens. Please compare these two images to see which one you prefer.