I am not a religious man. I believe in science. I must admit to also becoming a believer in karma despite or perhaps because of the occasional boomerang effect of overdosing. Also; I am a believer in magic. Magic is real albeit sometimes only for a few seconds and only for me. Grand Canyon offered a moment of pure magic daring me to capture it in time.
Patience, Young Jedi
The day started bad and got worse. Feeling headachy and fatigued I approached the Grand Canyon. The weather was ever threatening culminating in a fierce snow storm exactly as I walked up to Mather Point. I could do little but wait out the storm in a cafeteria in the Grand Canyon Village. I considered the Thelma & Louise option of flying my car over the edge. The cafeteria won and I read books for three hours while the snow storm raged, doing little for my mood. A large group of trekkers sit a few tables away chatting and laughing. I hate them. In hindsight this is tragicomical but that is how my bipolar mind works and everything is very magnified on month five of my nomadic journey. Possessing little patience, my task is to be patient and wait for the snow to ease allowing me to capture the most magical of all light; storm going and sun coming.
Racing to Mather Point as the snow stops I walk to another point 500 meters to my right. No fences here, I stand right on the edge of a canyon so grand so breathtaking it is larger than any words. The Earth has simply been split right open to the core. The wind is so violent it is threatening to make me airborne. I find my spot and sit down for better protection. Without warning, Mother Nature offers magic just as I am ready to shot. I get in one shot and create the image Awe:
Awe, The Image
One shot. I frantically scrambled to get a shot in, one shot was all I got and it was enough. ‘Awe’ is a cropped single Canon 5D Mk II image with the 17 mm wide angle. I shot several stitched panoramas after this one single shot but the light and magic was long gone leaving the panoramas useless. One shot and I captured ‘Awe’. Darn lucky this one shot is pin sharp. I have done little to this file, just levels, contrast and saturation. Mother Nature hit bullseye on this day inspiring nothing short of awe and turning my day upside down. Awe and Magic.
P.S. The clouds cleared, the sun came back, I got a room at Bright Angel Lodge and captured a cold yet cosy sunset stitched panorama which you can view here – Grand Canyon Sunset. Ended up being a rather ok day perhaps due to a bit of Karma or good will of the universe.