The Grand Canyon, Dutton realized, was "a great innovation in modern ideas of scenery, and in our conceptions of the grandeur, beauty, and power of nature." It was like nothing else. It demanded an understanding not easily transferred from elsewhere and an aesthetics so alien to prevailing landscape traditions that it might as well have come from the moons of Jupiter. "If any of these stupendous creations had been planted upon the plains of central Europe," Dutton noted, "it would have influenced modern art as profoundly as Fusiyama has influenced the decorative art of Japan." But it wasn't, and didn't. Instead its meaning required an act of intellectual invention. It was Dutton's inspiration to provide this. His Tertiary History of the Grand Cañon District may be the best-known neglected classic of nineteenth-century America. -Stephen J. Pyne, from his forward to the Tertiary History of the Grand Canon District
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
It has been a few decades since I last visited the Lehman Caves. Once again I find travelling in the winter to be the best choice of all. During the summer there are ongoing back to back tours of the caves that max out at 20 people. This time of year, four of us went on the only tour of the day. Reservations are still recommended!
There's a good reason Hanging Lake is one of the most popular hikes in the state of Colorado. Geologically speaking, there are few places in the world that can compare to this marvel of Mother Nature. Hanging Lake is a rare example of a lake formed by travertine deposition where the natural geologic and hydro-logic processes continue to operate as they have done for thousands of years.
I was standing on snow-covered branches with no firm ground underneath me when I made that shot. The camera was on a tripod, but there was nothing solid holding the tripod up, when I made this long time exposure. I made quite a few shots in the hopes that I would get lucky.
Hanging out at Hanging Lake in Glenwood Canyon, just east of Glenwood Springs. One of the "must do's" even this time of year. A 1.2 mile trail with an elevattion gain of over 1,000 feet on a snow packed trail. Some strap-on cleats from Walmart did the job for us. Warterfalls were a little frosty,