This is part three of my Dangerous Hiking Series. This young lady made me laugh the whole time she was making her way out to this ledge. At first she was crawling on her belly and then was doing the crab crawl the rest of the way, and after she was done laughing and crying I snapped this photo.
I love the different layers in the Grand Canyon and always wondered what they were and how old are they. Below I have some information on the different layers in the Grand Canyon that I found at the following website: http://www.bobspixels.com/kaibab.org/geology/gc_layer.htm
Have a wonderful day or night, whichever fits your location.
Kaibab Limestone - This layer averages about 250 million years old and forms the surface of the Kaibab and Coconino Plateaus. It is composed primarily of a sandy limestone with a layer of sandstone below it. In some places sandstone and shale also exists as its upper layer. The color ranges from cream to a greyish-white. When viewed from the rim this layer resembles a bathtub ring and is commonly referred to as the Canyon's bathtub ring. Fossils that can be found in this layer are brachiopods, coral, mollusks, sea lilies, worms and fish teeth.
Toroweap Formation - This layer averages about 255 million years old and is composed of pretty much the same material as the Kaibab Limestone above. It is darker in color, ranging from yellow to grey, and contains a similar fossil history.
Coconino Sandstone - This layer averages about 260 million years old and is composed of pure quartz sand, which are basically petrified sand dunes. Wedge-shaped cross bedding can be seen where traverse-type dunes have been petrified. The color of this layer ranges from white to cream colored. No skeletal fossils have yet to be found but numerous invertebrate tracks and fossilized burrows do exist.
Hermit Shale - This layer averages about 265 million years old and is composed of soft, easily eroded shales which have formed a slope. As the shales erode they undermine the layers sandstone and limestone layers above which causes huge blocks to fall off and into the lower reaches of the Canyon. Many of these blocks end up in the side drainages and down on the Tonto Platform. The color of this layer is a deep, rust-colored red. Fossils to be found in this layer consist of ferns, conifers and other plants, as well as some fossilized tracks of reptiles and amphibians.
Supai Formation - This layer averages about 285 million years old and is composed primarily of shale that is intermixed with some small amounts of limestone and capped by sandstone. The limestone features become more and more prominent in the western regions of the Canyon, leading one to believe that that region was more marine. The eastern portions where probably a muddy river delta that fed into an ancient sea. The color of this layer varies from red for the shale to tan for the sandstone caps. Numerous fossils of amphibians, reptiles and terrestial plants exist in the eastern portion which are replaced by marine fossils as you move westward.
Redwall Limestone - This layer averages about 335 million years old and is composed of marine limestones and dolomites. This is probably the most prominent rock layer in the Canyon as it usually forms a sheer cliff ranging from 400-500 feet in height, which has become a natural barrier between the upper and lower regions of the Canyon. The only way though this barrier is in areas where the rock has faulted and broken apart to form a slope which can be climbed upon. The deep reddish color of this layer is caused by iron oxides leaching out of the layers above it and staining its outward face. Behind the reddish face the rock is a dark brownish color. Numerous marine fossils can be found in the Redwall Limestone including brachiopods, clams, snails, corals, fish and trilobites. Many caves and arches can also be seen in the Redwall.
Temple Butte Limestone - This layer averages about 350 million years old and is composed of freshwater limestone in the east and dolomite in the west. In the eastern Grand Canyon this layer occurs irregularly and only then by way of limestone lenses that fill stream beds that have been eroded into the underlaying Mauv Limestone. Apart from these channels, which are quite large in places, the Redwall Limestone sits directly atop the Mauv Limestone. The Temple Butte Limestone is quite prominent, however, in the western regions and forms massive cliffs hundreds of feet high. The color of this layer ranges from purplish in the eastern regions to grey or cream colored in the west. The only fossils to be found in the eastern region are bony plates that once belonged to freshwater fish. In the western region there are numerous marine fossils.
Tonto Group - These layers average about 515 to 545 million years old.
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Jeppo (17639) 2012-05-16 13:23
it's true. the lady is sitting on the first row facing the infinity.
PS: I have a similar shot in my US gallery....
williewhistler (13111) 2012-05-16 14:01
Hello Buddy,the inclusion of the young lady adds an extra dimension to a magnificent panorama.
A different presentation from an iconic location.
emilbo (22262) 2012-05-16 14:27
Meilleur point de vue c'est sûre et tu nous le montre bien avec cette magnifique photo et un beau format panoramique. Belle formation de roc créé par la nature Excellente composition et perspective.
Félicitations et bonne soirée,
fisher (1743) 2012-05-16 14:52
good one buddy,she adds scale to the impressive canyon.
Miguel82 (21702) 2012-05-16 15:05
A superb view on the Grand Canyon
Excellent sharpeness, colors and light
have a nice day my friend
finlay (1549) 2012-05-16 15:31
Positioning the lady with her back to the camera looking into the distance is very effective.it draws the viewer's eye in the same direction. It also gives us some idea of the height of the drop into the canyon. Great scenery.
lousat (73853) 2012-05-16 15:36
No comment my friend....i wish to be sitting there me too...the spectacle in really wonderfulllll!!! I like it!Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
Gigidusud (14001) 2012-05-16 15:56
Fantastic shot of this beautiful Grand Canyon with pastel tones.Great POV and nice perspective.I like it!
Have a nice day my friend.
Sonata11 (33201) 2012-05-16 20:54
What a fabulous panorama with a best seat. This lady is proved that. Spectacular view with an amazing perspective and fantastic management of light, color, sharpness, perfect clarity. Marvellous execution photo job. An excellent result. Wonderful work. Thanks for sharing informatiion and some funny note. Perfectly well done.
All the best,
joso (2417) 2012-05-16 21:47
the best, but a bit unconfortable, the seat:) although with a fantastic view
I took a sheet of paper, and started to cover the photo from the left, bit by bit, till the hand on the rock, near to the back of the lady, trying to make the scenery as the "main acteur", not the lady.
In that crop she will give a kind of frame for the scenery
I hope you don't mind
pajaran (49602) 2012-05-16 22:50
Vrlo interesantan i dobar tekst sa datim podacima o starom kanjonu ...
Dobar trenutak sa devojkom koja uziva u lepote kanjona, dobra kompozicija.
Dobar trenutak snimka, perspektiva i prikaz.
Priroda je mocni stvaraoc.
Very interesting and good text with the given data on the old canyon ...
Good time with a girl who enjoys the beauty of the canyon, good composition.
Good recording time, the perspective and view.
Nature is a powerful creator.
All the best.
emka (75011) 2012-05-16 23:07
Hi Buddy, I even can't look at such scenes. She sees the same being farther from the rim. But your inclusion of this adventurous lady adds an additional interest in the photo, makes it unique. She has for sure the best place.
krzychu30 (15348) 2012-05-16 23:44
beautiful-just like your last photo.If I were there I would do the same.I would just sit down and admire this breathtaking view.You captured this scene perfectly.
Have a nice day
timecapturer (46443) 2012-05-17 3:20
stood in this very spot last September. It was my 4th visit but each time it still blows me away. This shot captures the very essence and atmosphere of the place. Awesome and amazing!
Regards - Brian.
jhm (136638) 2012-05-17 4:33
Many people have fear of heights, maybe is these lady also afraid when she looks to the depth in the valley.
Splendid mountain panorama view in background
Color and sharpness are superb.
You create very well depth and perspective.
Very well done, TFS.
Have a nice Thursday,
cornejo (29287) 2012-05-17 4:38
Hey Buddy, very good and pretty picture of this amazing place where impresionente admire the work of nature, good luminosity, good clarity, depth and color, very good work my friend, my congratulations. Tfs.
Good afternoon and happy weekend.
Best regards and best wishes.
bayno (18342) 2012-05-17 6:16
another beautiful image with wonderful light and breathtaking scenery, perfect framing and vivid colors, great depth and a sharp razor...
ikeharel (54087) 2012-05-17 7:53
Besides the brave lady seen on the edge of a cliff, the background of the Canyon is stunning in colors and texture, Buddy.
The place is overwhelming, many people get to take risky trails and looking POV's - but it is unique - and you sure did manged to show a fantastic view.
I was there on 7/1978, had not change a bit since...
bema (26289) 2012-05-17 9:23
really an origbal place and a good spot for an fntastic lookout into this dreamlike valley..
thanks for sharing, see you soon, cheers Bernd
RhodieIke (11512) 2012-05-17 10:06
Hi Buddy, She looks like she is holding her breath, great capture, super Dof, Amazing, very interesting note on the layers. Well done, Cheers Iain.
saxo042 (37054) 2012-05-17 22:54
TRhe inclusion of a person brings the view into proportions and adds extra value to the picture. Indeed a beautiful view here. We were here four years ago.
claudeD (31217) 2012-05-18 4:16
You are right this location is really a priviliged seat to observe that wonderful landscape. I like the view very much. Excellent composition and fidne colosrs.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
milad_abazari (1648) 2012-05-18 9:25
Unmatched clarity with excellent composition. Very nice and good image.
SWEETFREEDOM (21994) 2012-05-18 9:55
another great view, i like too the different layers of the canyon and the game of lighst and shadows.
YNO (0) 2012-05-18 20:08
kusursuz detaylara sahip guzel bir manzara fotografi.tebrik ediyorum
Janusz1974 (2814) 2012-05-19 4:09
A amazing and beautiful place.
Composition, light and colors perfect.
Noel_Byrne (22092) 2012-05-19 8:33
A brave lady to add to the brave gentleman of your other shot! Even if she crab walked or belly crawled, she still showed more bravity than I would in a place like this, but kudos to her and you for finding a place like this that shows off this magnicifent landscape so well. Great depth to your image too, and the colours in those rocks are really striking!
Best wishes from Ireland!
eldancer1 (26036) 2012-05-19 9:04
She looks like she is on top of the world! I congratulate her for making it that far...I won't! Indeed! The Grand Canyon is truly an amazing sight. I can't begin to imagine the way it is created over millions of years. Nicely captured with good lighting and good details. Very well done, tfs.
(You have a good eye. Yes, that was a DeLorean behind the Chevy, I thought I had pic of it but I can't find it. That photo was taken Riverside Casino in Laughlin.)
delpeoples (52771) 2012-05-19 21:19
A good photo of this little nutter making her way out to the edge. Better her than me I gotta say, but there you go, it makes an interesting photo. What interests me most is of course the vastness and isolation of the place and considering its age (500-odd million years) the timelessness. Thanks for your note about the differing rock layers too, the photo demonstrates them well with amazing textures and colours. Great work, I'm feeling giddy just looking at it.
Have a lovely Sunday
aliabazari (13213) 2012-05-19 22:51
The seating position is exciting and enjoyable. Dream location. Thank you for
The recorded image. I was with you.
fritzi007 (3483) 2012-05-20 13:23
what a view,
incredible, just beautiful,
Greetings, my friend
daddo (23104) 2012-05-21 16:34
Hi Buddy. Definitely a case where the title matches the content of the image. Lucky woman and also the photographer to have such a panorama before you. Regards. Klaudio.
danyy (0) 2012-05-22 1:16
Salut mon cher ami,
une vue grandiose et qui ne manque pas de profondeur. Elle inspire aussi le calme et la méditation. J'aime beaucoup le pastel naturel des couleurs et les lumières très bien dosées.
Didi (55465) 2012-05-22 10:57
I don't want to take her place.
The lady gives us an idea about the view scale.
The atmospheric veil makes an interesting contrast with the foreground.
kwekwekan (1022) 2012-05-30 15:28
A very original shot of a frequently photographed place. All the same, I don't think I'd have the courage to sit there!
Best wishes from Ontario,
kennyblack (4207) 2012-06-10 6:46
Beautiful image where you can see how we are "small" in comparison with nature. Pictures very well designed and built, very well defined and very clear with a natural color perfect. Thanks for having shared.
The best greetings, have a nice sunday ... Marino