... with the thoughts from last night the photo "In silence" is a view looking towards the northwest from approximately the eastern edge of the East Kaibab Monocline. The snake like canyon traveling from the lower right side to the northwest is the Little Colorado Canyon and at approximately the center of the photograph and some twenty to thirty miles from where I took this photo the Little Colorado empties into the Colorado at "The Confluence", the shot I sent out last night. Desert View on the monocline is also visible in the forest and below the horizon on the left you can see the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Upstream from the Confluence is Marble Canyon, downstream the Grand Canyon. Really it is one and the same canyon but at this point of interest they change the name of the canyon. This photo gives you an idea of the enormous and largely unspoiled area that is at stake with the planned development. When I fly over this area my impression is always that of silence and being in the presence of primordial forces away from the population centers of our species; I drink in the millions of years which brought this land to its current state and give thanks I do not see golden arches spanning the canyon. Of interest the Little Colorado Canyon is only a few hundred feet deep at Cameron on SR 89 behind me a ways in this photo, at the point I took this photo perhaps 2,000' deep and at the Confluence it is 4,000' deep. About ten miles before the river reaches the Colorado River, Blue Springs empties into the Little Colorado and when the river flow is minimal it produces that beautiful turquoise colored water which I prize in the photos I get. So here is the country where they want to put trams, resorts, restaurants and perhaps a few fast food places. Why not put bill boards every mile or so along the Colorado River coming down from Lee's Ferry announcing the daily specials at the restaurant?
If you would like to participate in helping to stop this development and also work with others to preserve the beauty of the Colorado Plateau I would highly recommend that you join The Grand Canyon Trust. The link to their website is: http://www.grandcanyontrust.org/ Few organizations are as dedicated to preserving this beautiful area and fewer still are as effective. Join them, volunteer and take action!
Finally, in an effort to restore a little sanity to the day I ventured to the ponds with Corky to breathe some fresh air, take a walk and see what opportunities (wildlife) presented themselves to me. Mostly the ducks have all migrated, no eagles graced the sky and the herons were seriously engaged in getting their last meals of the day so I didn't disturb them. A hen mallard swam in the warm light of late afternoon so I took this portrait of her; she had a smile (built in) and it made me smile too. For my ISO 100 friends I used one of my Canon 7D's, the 70-200 lens with the 2.0 extender with full extension giving me 640mm effective focal length, f 5.6, 1/1000th sec and ISO 200.
Have a wonderful day today and engage yourself full on in life as we have so little of it ... the canyons were etched into the earth over millions of years ... our years are not long enough to see any change.
... and give someone a hand and smile today