Morning at The Grand Canyon

A morning a the Grand Canyon

The Grand Canyon is perhaps Americaís most recognizable landmark. The region is a magnet for tourists, attracting over 5 million visitors each year. Nobody fully appreciates the landscape until they have experienced it for themselves.

From the Colorado River, deep in the canyon floor, layer upon layer of rock becomes noticeable, stacked like pancakes, each one representing millions of years of evolution. Tiers of lime and sandstone stand excavated by the river, wind, and sands of time.

 

Look up and you can see an eagle near enough to see its vast wingspan silhouetted against the morning sun. You watch and you can see the eagle intently surveying the land below. It may have noticed you, but has no interest as a meal is calling.

 

In the canyon is the Colorado River running its course since time began through Grand Canyon National Park, carved through the ages by flowing through Arizona. As the sun climbs the morning sky, flooding the valley with light, the ground temperature rises and you can hear the creatures of the valley rise to start their morning for survival.

 

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The sheer scale of the Grand Canyon is difficult to comprehend.  And our photos won’t do justice to this magnificent place on earth At its peak, the side walls plummet 1500 m (5000 ft) down to the river. At its broadest, the canyon extends up to 29 km (18 mi) wide, and overall the complex stretches over 446 km (227 mi).

Morning at The Grand Canyon

Above the canyon, the temperature in the plateau area ranges from one extreme to another. Down on the canyon floor, temperatures can exceed 100∞F, though winter frosts are rare.

It is surprising to imagine anything living in this hot and arid land far from the river, but the valleys are bursting with life. Plants and animals cling precariously to the vertical cliff faces, every nook and cranny bustling with activity.

Deep on the valley floor, the creatures move and you can hear and see them All busy and ready for their day. . The park is home to a wide variety of animals including the unique Grand Canyon ìpinkî rattlesnake. Ringtails, beavers, and chipmunks are all widespread. Hundreds of bird species have made their home in the park, as well as countless insects and arachnids.

The canyon communities have their own pecking orders. Here, in this parched and hostile land, the food chain provides a delicate balance between survival or finishing as dinner for those in the hierarchy. The environment is uncompromising. Survival is at it peak and you can see it.

In the distance, the eagle glides effortlessly over the broad crevasse. A sudden change in direction and the predator is racing to the ground at speed. Moments later, an unfortunate rodent has become breakfast.

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