Thursday, August 15, 2013

Depth Perception

It is easy to tell that the huge cliff wall in the foreground is much nearer to the spot where the photograph was taken than the wall in the background and also much nearer than the mountain on the horizon. It is this sense of depth that gives the Grand Canyon most of its majesty. The distances involved in this photo are very large. it is likely more than fifty miles in a direct line to the mountain on the horizon. Of course, the distance by road is considerably more, about 200 miles. As you stand on the Rim of the Grand Canyon, you gain an entirely new perspective of distance and time. Not only can you see great distances, you can also look way back into time.

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