As the sun readies to slip below the western horizon it highlights the massive structure of Brahma Temple crowning the grand ditch above the junction of the main canyon and its auxilliary scar of Bright Angel Canyon cutting its way toward North Rim Lodge. As it does so, the lower edge of the Transcept receives the last rays of another day. During our final EarthSong adventure to the Southwest last September/October we were blessed with wonderful sunsets nearly every night of the trip.

The only thing I have ever experienced when standing on the rim of this amazing hole in the ground is an awe that is beyond comprehension. It is a Beauty beyond my capacity to describe and gratitude is the only word that comes to mind.

A focal length of 56mm, still within the Normal range, gave me the angle-of-view I wanted with little magnification or compression. An aperture of f/16 provided depth-of-field from the camera-to-subject distance; and a shutter speed of 1/5th second at ISO 200 gave me an overall slightly darker-than-medium exposure.

It is beyond my comprehension that there are those who would actually seek to mine this amazing common ground and deface its natural appearance for the sake of money. One does not destroy the Earth’s treasures, nor sell them for thirty pieces of silver