he South Kaibab Trail begins at the South Rim of the Canyon and penetrates all the way to the Colorado River. About halfway down the trail, after countless switch backs and skirting along the tributary canyon of Pipe Creek, hikers round a bend and are led out onto a large rock that juts out over the Grand Canyon proper. Fittingly called the "Ooh-Aah Point," this rock seemingly thrusts the spectator out into empty space, somewhere between eternity and infinity.
I took this panorama in the unconvetional vertical scan mode. This allows the earth itself, just below the feet of the photographer to enter the field of view. Since the scan took place from horizon to horizon (and beyond, into the sky), it is easy to get an appreciation for the fact that we live on a large ball of rock, suspended in the heavens. The top portion of the image is a little more conventional in perspective, as we are used to thinking of the sky as "up." The bottom portion is a little more difficult to grasp, as the mountains and rock seem to be upside-down with the sky below. In a large print of the image, you can easily see "upside-down" hikers descending (or are they "ascending?") the stone steps carved into the red rock.
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