Tuesday, July 12, 2011

The Grand Canyon—Oh yes, it is Grand!

A sensible person realizes, when viewing the Grand Canyon, that there is no need to take photos. They have all been taken. Many, many times. Just do a Google image search on "Grand Canyon" and you will see thousands and thousands of far better pictures than I could ever take.

And yet, after getting over just how really BIG it is and whew, I just never realized how damned BIG the darned thing is, your next reaction is to start taking pictures. And more pictures. Really, you just can't stop taking pictures, even though you know you already took that picture, and look, Ray is taking the same picture and man, that thing is BIG! And all the while you are realizing that seeing pictures just doesn't do justice.

At one point, we were walking along the rim trail and Ray pointed to the edge of the cliff said, "stand there and let me take your picture." I posed with the canyon in the background and I said, "this is where you say—'step back a little...a little more...a little more...'" Another couple walking past heard me and laughed and stopped and offered to take a picture of both of us. If I sent Christmas cards, this picture would be it. Then we kept walking and taking more pictures.


I have spared you the full Grand Canyon Suite. These are just a few of our pictures.


  1. The shots you've posted are so very interesting! Thanks for those. I agree that sometimes it seems senseless to take pictures because they could never capture what I'm seeing. I felt that way driving thru Tehachapi CA right after a light snow. It was like driving through a fantasy land.
    The Canyon is indeed GRAND! And beautiful!

  2. Anonymous6:38 AM

    love your post! Husband and I spent wedding night at El Tovar and watched the sun come up next day....we felt the immensity of the canyon exemplified life ....Grand!
    missy from the bayou

  3. Anonymous8:02 AM

    I see a couple of new quilts developing from some of your wonderful pictures!

  4. This seems like the perfect esthetic for your art. I'm sure something wonderful will come of this trip artwise.
    The photos are really great. I've really enjoyed them. Thanks Terry.

  5. The next step would be a big one! LOL!!! I love the Grand Canyon and it is truly GRAND.

  6. Anonymous6:02 PM

    Did you crawl to edge on your belly to take some of those pictures?
    Beth :-)

  7. I had the same dilemma recently when visiting a famous zoo, knowing that I could not match the best photos taken...and the plentiful photos on the web.Still, I posted them online. Not sure why but they are a record of what I did that day and help me remember the details of my trip. Enjoyed reading this post. The Grand Canyon is on my list.

  8. PS. What is the next to last photo? Is that one of the National Parks lodges?

  9. I'm glad to see the Canyon itself hasn't changed very much in the 40 or so years since I last saw it. Wish I could say the same about myself.