Amidst all the blizzard on the rim and storm clouds down inside the canyon (it rained at Phantom Ranch in the morning) I patiently waited for a clearing of the lower reaches to get this layered photo at Mather Point. It never cleared quite as much as I would have liked, but I waited patiently, took what I could get. With a bit of over-processing, I managed to force this out the shot. Hoping for a better opportunity this morning before we hit the road again, but in the meantime I was pleased with this "insurance shot."
Clarence Dutton, Captain of the Ordinance, was a principle geologist involved in exploring and mapping the Grand Canyon. (tg) "The earth suddenly sinks at our feet to illimitable depths. In an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, the awful scene is before us." So Clarence Dutton wrote of his encounter with Point Sublime, and so it has always been, even today, with anyone who peers over the rim of the Grand Canyon. But no one before him saw what Dutton did, and no one since has been able to see anything else. -Stephen J. Pyne, from his forward to the Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District