Green River Canyon

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Comments (15)

MaryAlice on March 27, 2008

Good gracious . . . It's hard for me to even fathom something so vast. This may be a dumb question, but why are there no trees or grass to speak of?

It is a most spectacular view though! Breathtaking, no doubt!

Thank you for sharing.


Mary Alice

Marilyn Whiteley on March 27, 2008

I've got to go to bed, so I'll give you the short answer: it's dry! Thanks for stopping by and leaving you generous comments. Greetings, Marilyn

Ryan Calhoun on March 27, 2008

Wonderful vista, Marilyn, with a nice view of the winding silver river. I find the dark tones throughout the image fascinating. It's almost like the sun is missing from the sky, with shadows in the distance but no true highlights. The clouds must be playing tricks with the light!

Greetings, Ryan

Wim de Vries on March 28, 2008

Very nice photo Marilyn. Have you been there, when the Colorado River has been flooded?

Greetings, Wim

Hank Waxman on March 28, 2008

This is like being back there. Impressive view, Marilyn. Thanks for reminding me.


Tamás Borbély on March 28, 2008

Mystic and a wonderful landscape in one! Gorgeous photo Marilyn ! My best wishes, Tamás

Pepe Triton on March 28, 2008

Spectacular view!

Lecleire Jacques on March 28, 2008

Like all your pictures, grandiose !!!

Greetings and i wish you a nice week-end, Jacques

Marilyn Whiteley on March 28, 2008

Thank you, Ryan, Wim, Hank, Tamás, Pepe, and Jacques. I didn't know whether I would get a usable picture with such strong backlighting, so I was pleasantly surprised. (I did crop the picture to get rid of two small flares at the bottom.)

I took this shot of the Green River canyon facing southwest. At the same overlook, only a few meters away, I took this of the canyon of the Colorado River, looking southeast. Quite a vista from one observation point! And, no, Wim, I haven't seen the Colorado in flood.


Nawitka on March 28, 2008

Marilyn, thank you for showing both shots, to the front and the rear, so to speak. I love them both, but this one seems more vast -- the landscape seems too large to care what we puny humans have to say about it. Congrats!

Wil en Ed on March 28, 2008

A very wide vision, fantastic clouds in the background, sheer beauty!

Gr, Ed.

Marilyn Whiteley on March 28, 2008

Thank you, Nawitka and Ed. And Nawitka, you expressed very well the feeling of being at the vast canyon's edge!

Greetings, Marilyn

Marilyn Whiteley on March 30, 2008

Again, thanks for the links. Cheers, Marilyn

stabins on April 12, 2010

Excellent. Canyonlands at Island in the Sky is both deceptive and difficult to photograph. Weather, light, time of day, dust, haze, location of the sun, sand in the air can create problems. The two hours before sunset after a rare thunderstorm can deliver a partial spectrum of colurs, but who can wait? Great heads on, see it all picture.

Marilyn Whiteley on April 21, 2010

Thank you, stabins, for your comment describing the situation so well. For the photographer who can't wait around or come back, I guess the challenge is to try to discover what he or she can best do under the present conditions. I'm glad you like my result.

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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 27, 2008
  • © All Rights Reserved
    by Marilyn Whiteley
    • Taken on 2008/03/14 17:37:27
    • Exposure: 0.002s (1/640)
    • Focal Length: 6.74mm
    • F/Stop: f/5.600
    • ISO Speed: ISO50
    • Exposure Bias: -0.30 EV
    • No flash