Friday, March 29, 2013

Cape Royal Sunrise - Wide View

On my first morning at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, I was able to watch the sunrise in complete solitude.   I am still amazed at how often I can be completely alone in some of the grandest landscapes on the planet.

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.  

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