Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Horsehoe Bend at Sunrise

I drove and hiked in the dark starting at 3 am to wait for the sun to rise to capture the light and reflections at Horsehoe Bend.

The scariest part was trying to set up my tripod and gear on a rock that had no guardrail. I was only about 12 inches from the edge and the edge included a drop straight down of over 1,000 feet (302 meters).

You are looking at the Colorado River above the Grand Canyon, so the water is calmer. The flow of the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon would have ferocious rapids.

Horsehoe Bend is a geological oddity because it obviously had to be carved by a rushing river, yet rushing rivers don't normally make big wide slow turns like the one in the photo. It shows how many millions of years had to be involved to carve a canyon with a slow bend like a horsehoe around the butte.

My photography tour continues tomorrow.

17 comments:

B SQUARED said...

Ansel Adams would be very proud of you.

Cezar and Léia said...

wow you are very talented my friend, this post is outstanding!
God bless you
Léia

Bibi said...

Wow, Julie, this is beautiful. I would love to see it for real. In the meantime, your photo makes me drool.

brattcat said...

Please know how appreciated your efforts are. This has a National Geographic feel to it. Absolutely stunning.

JM said...

This is SO amazing! What a gorgeous place and shot! And waking up at 3am, wow, you were brave, Julie, but it was worth it! :-)

Halcyon said...

What a gorgeous view!

Lois said...

Waking up that early was certainly worth it Julie! This is a beautiful shot.

Don and Krise said...

Good for you Julie, and I'm with the rest. This is amazing! One of the coolest things I've ever seen.

Ineke said...

wow. power to you for going through all this! Love the result :)

Marie-Noyale said...

This is really magnificent!
worth waking at such a crazy hour!!

robert said...

thank you for sharing this photography that took that much work for you...may you have as much luck, as this horseshoe is big.

Thérèse said...

A wonderful picture and I am sure souvenirs which go with it.

Jacob said...

Fantastic! Stunning! So glad you got out there early and didn't fall off the cliff...

glenda said...

Wow! This is quite special. Well worth the effort.

Tiago Ralha said...

Really Amazing!!!
This blog is feeding my desire to go to the USA :)

Hilda said...

Fantastic!

nino said...

i love this photo. the majestic view really comes through. hurrah!

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