Savage and Beautiful Country


"The great affair, the love affair with life, is to live as variously as possible, to groom one's curiosity like a high-spirited thoroughbred, climb aboard, and gallop over the thick, sun-struck hills every day. Where there is no risk, the emotional terrain is flat and unyielding, and, despite all its dimensions, valleys, pinnacles, and detours, life will seem to have none of its magnificent geography, only a length. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between."
                                      -- Diane Ackerman, A Natural History of the Senses

Ridge after distant ridge is backlit by late-afternoon sunlight in this telephoto shot of the Grand Canyon.

This photograph was published in The Arizona Republic on October 4, 2010.

Date: September 26, 2010
Time: 4:51 p.m. MST
Location: Canyon View, South Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel XSi digital SLR
Focal length: 55-250 mm zoom lens at 250mm
Aperture: f/13
ISO: 800
Exposure time: 1/1250 second

Revised: October 7, 2010
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