Tuesday, January 10, 2012
Nature invented abstract art long before painters coined the term and started emphasizing the contrast between colors and light and dark. Rather than the uniform blue sky or clouds of the most common photos of the Canyon, the sky here is a uniform gray. The reason is that periodically, the National Forest Service conducts controlled fire burns on the North Rim to protect the forest from catastrophic forest fires. As a result, the Canyon is filled with haze and smoke. You can see the layers of smoke against the far Canyon wall. The smoke appears as a white cloud in the sky. This is another of those pictures that must be clicked on to see the detail.