Landscapes - Gary Cook

Grand Canyon Glow

This is an early morning shot taken at the Grand Canyon, south rim. At this point, the Bright Angel Trail passes through the canyon walls, close to the canyon rim. The morning sun lights up the trail through the rocks, giving a wonderful glow on the shadow side. You can clearly see the passage lit up with an almost fire-like intensity. The remaining glow across the whole outcrop comes from light reflected from the walls behind the spot where this photograph was taken. The dramatic contrast between the glowing canyon wall and the shadowed background makes a powerful image.