View 306: People on the Edge

People viewing the Grand Canyon from Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

People viewing the Grand Canyon from Mather Point at Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/160s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 230mm focal length.

It was astounding to me while visiting Grand Canyon National Park how people would go to great lengths to get as close to the edge of the canyon’s rim as possible.  When there was protective fencing, like at Mather Point, it was not bad to watch.  Fencing seldom deterred those who wanted a closer look into the depths of the Grand Canyon. I saw many people climb around and over the fencing to get that once (and maybe last) in a lifetime look into the chasm.

For instance, this gentleman, who looks like he might be wondering why he climbed out onto the rock ledge near Mather Point and how he was going to get back from it.

Man clinging to a rock ledge at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

Man clinging to a rock ledge at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 230mm focal length.

Near Yavapai Point on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, I could not help but smile as this priest, in full frock, was talking on his cell phone while standing one step away from a 4,500 foot (1,372 meter) fall.  Wonder if he was getting better reception there.

A Priest talking on his cell phone along the South Rim Trail near Yavapai Point at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

A Priest talking on his cell phone along the South Rim Trail near Yavapai Point at the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 280, EV -0.3, 90mm focal length.

When I first climbed down into the Grand Canyon and came upon Ooh Aah Point, it was literally crawling with people trying to get as close to the edge of the canyon as possible. By then I figured it was some sort of thrill seeking gene in these people.  While I did get close to the edge, I never put myself in danger…in my mind. 🙂

People at Ooh Aah Point on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.

People at Ooh Aah Point on the South Kaibab Trail in the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona.
Nikon D700/28-300VR, 1/200s, f/16, ISO 200, EV -0.3, 68mm focal length.

So, do you have the urge to look down from great heights at the edge of whatever it is you are standing on?  Or, are you a bit more careful in how you approach cliffs, canyons, waterfalls or tall building overlooks?

Advertisements
This entry was posted in People, Travel, Weekly View and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

2 Responses to View 306: People on the Edge

  1. kanniduba says:

    Abso-freakin-lutely STUNNING shots Scott!!!!!! I am speechless! Look at the colors!! WOW!

    Like

  2. Jamie says:

    That pic of the priest is one heckuva an image!

    Like

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s