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First Impressions


If you've ever seen the Grand Canyon in our state of Arizona, you know how HUGE it is!
It's 277 miles (446 km) long, 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) wide and over a mile (6000 feet/1.83 km) deep.

It was my first time to see it and this was my first impression from the South Rim on December 1.
We were there during the mid-afternoon when the sun was still harsh, but it was better than nothing!
I can just imagine this place at sunrise/sunset!

In the next few days, I will give you more impressions (a mini-series).



First Impressions


If you've ever seen the Grand Canyon in our state of Arizona, you know how HUGE it is!
It's 277 miles (446 km) long, 4 to 18 miles (6.4 to 29 km) wide and over a mile (6000 feet/1.83 km) deep.

It was my first time to see it and this was my first impression from the South Rim on December 1.
We were there during the mid-afternoon when the sun was still harsh, but it was better than nothing!
I can just imagine this place at sunrise/sunset!

In the next few days, I will give you more impressions (a mini-series).



comments (36)

  • Marcie
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2008, 01:31
Breath-taking view and panorama. I can only imagine what it was like to lay eyes on this for the first time. I've never been..but am hoping that someday - i will. Can't wait to see more...
Ginnie Hart: I hope you can see it some day, too, Marcie. It's in OUR United States and I knew it didn't make sense to travel all over the world and not see what's basically in my own backyard!
  • Larry Bliss
  • Raleigh, North Carolina, USA
  • 10 Dec 2008, 01:42
Great first impression, Ginnie! I've been to the North Rim and was absolutely enthralled. Looking forward to more...
Ginnie Hart: I'm guessing the view from the North Rim is entirely different, Larry...or from the West or East. One afternoon for a couple of hours does NOT do justice to this place!!!
Seeing this picture, I feel in the Grand Canyon. An image of tourism with dimensions of a beautiful image. Thank you for your sharing Ginnie. I love it. Regards from Yogyakarta City Indonesia.
Ginnie Hart: Tourists have been visiting this places for years, Bram, and for good reason. It really is spectacular!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 10 Dec 2008, 03:20
Ginnie has got her colours back...and this image works beautifully!
Ginnie Hart: HA! Yes, Ray, I could not desaturate this one, for sure. Thanks. smile
  • Aussie
  • Australia
  • 10 Dec 2008, 03:36
Would love to see it one day but in the meantime I will go on the tour with you and Donica.
Wow fantastic first view, lovely image Ginnie
Ginnie Hart: Thanks, Aussie. I wish we had more than our two hours but it was definitely better than nothing!
  • Liang
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2008, 03:36
I love the way you depicted the details here Ginnie! I can also see a line on the sky, like a jet stream! Love the shadows from the trees here, just a beautiful shot all-around! =D
Ginnie Hart: When I saw that jet stream after I uploaded this, Liang, I almost took it down to remove it. But then I decided that it's part of the Grand Canyon! Many people, I'm sure, only see the Grand Canyon from planes from far up above. I can just imagine THAT POV!
  • sherri
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2008, 04:37
Every time I see a gorgeous capture of the Grand Canyon...like this one, I have to smile as I recall being 10 years old and we took a trip out west in a brand new Buick. We covered as many states as possible in a two week period. When we reached the Grand Canyon, we stopped at a look out like this one, got out, looked out, and got back in the car and moved one...lol

My Dad was always in a hurry. I'd read about it in school and wanted to see more. Always meant to take our two oldest out west, but they grew up before we were able. I could write about this. Oh! I think I just did...

Wonderful capture, Ginnie. I'm glad you posted this beautiful image.
Ginnie Hart: Your dad reminds me a bit of mine, Sherri...a preacher dad! We didn't take trips except to go one or two places a year. So I don't have tourist memories with him at all. We were there for only two hours, which gave us a good taste, but I can just imagine how much more there was to see! Thank you for your kind words!
  • FLOOG
  • The cornfields of my childhood
  • 10 Dec 2008, 04:43
This is a beautiful image, Ginnie. Should be an amazing series smile
Ginnie Hart: It really is an amazing place, Paul! Thanks.
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2008, 04:58
One of my dreams is to see the Grand Canyon (and the Golden Gate Bridge), before I do I just have to stay on your tour.
Deze foto is geweldig mijn lieve vriend, die schaduwen, de horizon, de kleuren, in één woord weer geweldig.
I just love the way you put the horizon, those trees do make the picture.
Ginnie Hart: In tomorrow's picture there will be no trees but you will know why when you see it. In this image, I just had to show how some places around the Grand Canyon are cozy and NOT open entirely to the elements. You know how much I need the shade, so this was indeed a very good first impression. Onzettend bedankt, lieve vriend.
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2008, 05:49
Oooh, a magic lighting, an electrifying blue, wonderful shadows! Beautiful!
Ginnie Hart: It really is a magnificent place, Philine. You would be in your glory there. smile
wow! quel panorama de rêve
Ginnie Hart: You would love this place, O-P! Merci.
  • ceanothe
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2008, 07:03
Belle rencontre entre les pierres non taillées et celles qui sont façonnées par l'homme !
Ginnie Hart: That is so true, Ceanothe...the juxtaposition of man's handiwork and Nature's! Thanks for noticing. Merci!
  • Richa
  • California, US
  • 10 Dec 2008, 07:25
South rim! I was on the North rim last November. Will love to see it from South rim. They say it looks more beautiful from there...
Ginnie Hart: I don't have a clue which side is better, Richa, but it would be very nice to take a week and see it from all sides, back-n-forth and up-n-down. smile
  • Tracy
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 10 Dec 2008, 07:26
Sod the huge's just look at that outstanding view.smile
I like the shadow plat with the tree Ginniesmile
Looking forward to your mini series mijn vreindsmile
Ginnie Hart: It's bigger than huge, Tracy. I probably have no idea how big it is, even with the numbers. It just boggles the mind!! Thanks, lieve Musketeer.
Heavens Ginnie: it is absolutely VAST - you could lose Bath in there!
Ginnie Hart: I think you could almost stuff all of England in there, Chris! grin It truly is vast.
  • blackdog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Dec 2008, 08:40
I've been to many places Ginnie, but unfortunately not the Grand Canyon, so far! This must be one of the most original shots I have seen.
Ginnie Hart: You are very kind, Mike. It has been hard to pick images that aren't run-of-the-mill views. But then, what else can you do?
I have never bee, Ginnie, and cannot imagine the scale or how it would feel. Perhaps one day.
Ginnie Hart: Having been there, Chad, I still can't imagine how big it is. It is really HUGE. Maybe one day you can see it for yourself!
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 10 Dec 2008, 09:19
Wonderfully clear shot Ginnie, and I never imagined there would be trees there! I would love to see this place too.
Ingrid
Ginnie Hart: I am a redhead, Ingrid, and need shade, so if there are trees, I will find them. HA! You can imagine how nice this was as a first impression...at the main tourist center, of course. But for the rest of the time, the trees were much more scarce and pretty scrawny. The elements sure wreak havoc on them!
I love the shadows in this image, the suggest a warm sun
Ginnie Hart: It was very nice that afternoon, Chantal, so we were lucky. It wasn't summer weather but we didn't need winter coats...just long-sleeved t-shirts and vests.
Superb capture Ginnie. I wish I'll be able to visit this place one day!
Ginnie Hart: Maybe your wish will come true, Richard. I hope so. I'm 63 and LIVE here in the USA, so I'm just glad I finally did it!
Wow, stunning view Ginnie. Breathtaking
Ginnie Hart: Thanks a million, Janet, for stopping by and commenting.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 10 Dec 2008, 13:59
I have seen many a canyon shot and this one ranks amongst the best. Excellent pick-up of the flatness of the plateau beyond.
Ginnie Hart: You are too kind, Louis. But thanks!
  • klaus
  • Germany
  • 10 Dec 2008, 14:05
Ginnie, very well framing. It's a terrefic landscape. I fly over the canyon - with google earth ;-)
Ginnie Hart: I can imagine flying over this in real life, Klaus. It would be amazing and unbelievable to see from the air!
Like how you've used the trees to frame the shot, and lovely shadows. It's really vast!!

Sat through a 2 hour presentation exhibition of the Death Valley a few years back. The colours, texture, shapes and shadows at various times during the day was really amazing. Looking forward to your series.
Ginnie Hart: Thanks for your comment, Fotografa. It was truly an amazing place on God's Earth!
It's quite big then? grin
Ginnie Hart: You could say that again, Bill. smile
  • martie
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2008, 15:37
Beautiful! I really like this composition which shows so much more than the typical downward shot and gives a good perspective of the vastness! I also love the tress, which shows how grand Mother Nature is to have life growing in so much rock!
Ginnie Hart: Exactly, Martie. I always gravitate to the trees/shade because I'm a redhead and can't take too much sun. Trust me...if there's a tree, I'll find it. smile Thanks.
Every picture of the canyon I ever see makes me wonder in awe at its size and beauty. I know I will never see it myself but thanks for bringing such a lovely picture of it Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: You are so welcome, Brian. That's the glory of photos: we get to see things we wouldn't ever see otherwise.
Compared with Chris's dyke (ditch) I'd say it's marginally larger. could be an interesting series. richard
Ginnie Hart: HA! Quite a bit larger, Richard! smile
Just an idea Jinnie ,pitch tent at side of canyon so you are there for sunrise, instead of staying in luxury hotel and staying in bed in the morning.Hope you dont sleep walk.ps like the pic.
Ginnie Hart: HA! I love the idea, Michael...and wonder if they'd allow it??!! It would have been nice to be in the area for a couple days, for sure!
  • david
  • columbus, ohio
  • 10 Dec 2008, 18:28
i love the drama of the shot; and the blue tinged gorge looks great. really must go to the grand canyon some day.
Ginnie Hart: Some day you will, David...I hope! Don't wait till you're 63!!
This photo by the sensation draws attention to me that it transmits to me of fear to show itself to the precipice! wink
Ginnie Hart: It was pretty scary in some parts, José Angel, for sure. :|
  • Frida
  • Sweden (swe)
  • 10 Dec 2008, 18:59
It's breathtaking Ginnie! One of the places I would like to visit. Looking forward to the miniseries. This is the cool thing about being able to visit a lot of nice places trough all the photoblogs that are out there.
Ginnie Hart: That's what I like about photography, Frida: you get to see things that you may never see otherwise.
  • Ilger.nl
  • Netherlands
  • 10 Dec 2008, 19:45
How much time did you took to stand still and just watch...and try to understand what you actually see. Must be breathtaking scenery over there. This one is on my wishlist.

Photo gives me a warm feeling as well. Must be the trees together with the sun shining on the trees.

Nice one Ginnie.
Ginnie Hart: I always gravitate towards the trees, Ilger, because I'm a redhead and can't take too much sun. This really was an awesome place!
  • Robin
  • United States
  • 10 Dec 2008, 20:28
quite a few, i can only imagine how it looks with your own eyes. thanks for sharing.
Ginnie Hart: I know, Robin. I'd go back and try to see more. I only got an appetizer, I'm afraid.
Beautiful, and bring back good memories too. I wathced the sunrise with a friend of mine, north rim, some years ago. I can still remember how quiet an spectacular it was. We could hear the wings of a big bird flying in the canyon....
Ginnie Hart: We never got to the north rim, Aksel, but I can imagine how spectacular it is. Maybe one day I'll go back! You are so right about how quiet it is.
  • monika
  • London
  • 14 Jan 2009, 18:35
You have made me jealous with your Arizona photos! Fab landscapes...
Ginnie Hart: It was my first time in 63 years, Monika, so I was glad to finally make it there. smile Thanks!

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