Golden Gate Photo - Grand Canyon Gallery
Fine Art Photography from Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.


The Grand Canyon is one of the World's best examples of earth history revealed. The Colorado River carves a path over one mile below the rim of the canyon, exposing strata ranging from 2 billion to 225 million years old. Included in this sequence are the granitic and metamorphic rocks lying in the deepest parts of the canyon, the overlying tilted strata which are evidence of 2 mountain-building and erosion episodes during the Precambrian era, and the overlying Paleozoic sequences of sandstone, shale, and limestone laid down from 570 to 225 million years ago. Over the last 65 million years, the region was uplifted and the canyon was carved. What you don't see here are the Mesozoic sediments that were laid down between 225 and 65 million years ago. Roughly equal in thickness to the sequence already exposed here, the mesozoic strata were completely eroded at the Grand Canyon. They can be found to the north, though, in the cliffs and canyons of northern Arizona and southern Utah.

Double Rainbow in the Canyon

Double Rainbow in the Canyon

Looking north from Yaki Point, September 1996 - Just as the Sun entered the narrow slot between the base of the clouds and the flat horizon far to the west, light drizzle fell into the canyon creating this double rainbow. As the Sun continued to set, the rainbow grew until it became a complete double rainbow exceeding 180o. This image was Weatherwise Magazine's 1997 Grand Prize Winner and issue cover.

Print No. B96-16

More Images of Rainbows

See this double rainbow in motion.
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Walking Tree of the Kaibab Trail

Walking Tree of the Kaibab Trail

About 1,500 feet (450 meters) below the south rim of the Grand Canyon, and about 1.5 miles (2.5 Km) down the Kaibab Trail, lies this pinyon pine clinging to the eroding sandstone shelf. At some point in its life, this tree fell over. The branches on one side took over as the tree's canopy. Some branches on the other side took root. This image captured 2nd Prize in Earth Magazine's 1998 "Portraits of Earth Photo Contest".

Print No. A97SW-7-6

Check out a close-up of this photo and see some of its detail.

Here is another example of a "walking tree" from Bryce Canyon.

Cape Royal Sunset

Cape Royal Sunset

Here's a view looking south from the North Rim of the canyon at sunset. At sunset, the blue afterglow of the Kaibab Limestone is contrast to the orange sunglow of the underlying Coconino Sandstone.

Print No. A97SW-33-2

More Images of Sunsets

Here's a View from this Same Spot after the Sun Set

Anticrepuscular Rays, Grand Canyon

Anticrepuscular Rays, Grand Canyon

Taken from Yavapai Point on the South Rim, this view is toward the east a few minutes after the Sun set in the west. anticrepuscular rays, also known as twilight rays, are an unusual natural phenomenon, resulting from reflections high in the atmosphere. Although the rays appear to converge at the antisolar point (directly opposite the Sun's position), they are actually parallel (like railroad tracks appear to converge).

Print No. A97SW-31-3

More Images of Solar Rays

Bright Angel Canyon, Grand Canyon

Bright Angel Canyon, Grand Canyon

Taken from Maricopa Point on the South Rim, this view is toward the northwest, looking up the Bright Angel Canyon. This side canyon to the Grand Canyon is conspicuously linear, thanks to the Bright Angel Fault that created it.

Print No. A03-7-8

Gorge Close-Up

Gorge Close-Up

From Maricopa Point, this is a close-up of the Colorado River gorge below Cheops Pyramid. Exposed in the gorge are the oldest rocks in the Grand Canyon, including the Precambrian-age Vishnu Schist and Zoroaster Plutonic Complex. These metamorphic and igneous rocks tend to be much denser than the overlying sedimentary rocks, and much more difficult for the river and tributaries to erode. This results in the steeper walls of the gorge.

Print No. A03-7-9

Hopi Point View

Hopi Point View

Looking northeast from Hopi Point, the Bright Angel Trail follows the near canyon to the Colorado River gorge. North of the gorge, Bright Angel Canyon (in the upper right) continues along its linear trend

Print No. A03-6-11

Hopi Point Sunset

Hopi Point Sunset

This is looking east from Hopi Point just before sunset. Maricopa Point is on the far right. Vishnu Temple can be seen in the distance on the right.

Print No. A03-8-8

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