Thursday, July 30, 2015

Amazing Force Of Water Has Created This Natural Wonder!

 I read this quote somewhere recently and then decided to write about the Grand Canyon immediately...I had been postponing it for sometime now! Now, the quote:

A soft nature of a person does not mean weakness.
Remember: Nothing is softer than water, but its force can break the strongest of rocks...

This is what has happened here in the Grand Canyon! The force of water of the Colorado river had cut through the rocks and flown everywhere.  So many shapes and sizes in the rocks can be seen now!

I became familiar with the name 'Grand Canyon' long back, in VCR days from watching the movie 'Mckenna's Gold'.  I was amazed looking at the grandeur of the rocky area.  But never thought that I would visit the place one day. We keep on watching this movie again and husband's favourite.  The song from the movie is here.  You can see the rocky desert clearly in the song.  The song is my son's favourite, he was in school then!

Now, to the Wiki link:

The Grand Canyon is 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and attains a depth of over a mile (6,093 feet or 1,857 meters).[1] Nearly two billion years of Earth's geological history have been exposed as the Colorado River and its tributaries cut their channels through layer after layer of rock while the Colorado Plateau was uplifted. While the specific geologic processes and timing that formed the Grand Canyon are the subject of debate by geologists, recent evidence suggests that the Colorado River established its course through the canyon at least 17 million years ago. Since that time, the Colorado River continued to erode and form the canyon to its present-day configuration.

The Eagle Point at the Grand Canyon (Arizona, U.S.).  The rock in the centre resembles an eagle with its wings in the flying posture! This is the best area in the Canyon...the shapes are amazing! Click on the picture to have a good view pl.
We went there by tourist bus.  The guide had shown a film clip of the Grand Canyon before reaching the place.  Still, I never expected this amazing scenery.  When we reached the place, we were tagged in our wrists and for $200, we were picked up by the helicopter.  This was my first helicopter ride.  I was a bit nervous in the beginning.  But once I started watching the scenery and clicking them, my fear was gone! The amazing scenery was overwhelming!

The machine went in between rocks, went down and up...great experience. Later on I came to know that this is a smooth rocky area.  We were taken by bus later...half an hour drive to the Eagle rock, which was breathtakingly beautiful!

After the chopper ride, we were taken by boat on the river for half an hour.  We could watch the rocks closely! The river flowed smoothly without much movements.  The water was 10-15ft deep in the middle of the river, the boat woman said! The chopper had dropped us near the bank and the boat took over for the ride for half an hour and brought us back.  Then we were taken to the Eagle point by their bus!

This photo was taken from the helicopter we travelled by! You can see another helicopter also in the picture!

It is really amazing watching these rocks!

We went by helicopter first and the ticket included boat ride too! You can see other boats too!

The famous Colorado river! The colour of the water was brown everywhere.  You can notice the green growth on the rocks!

This was taken from the boat! It was mid afternoon when we were here and the weather was quite hot! Click on the photos to have a better view!
Lunch was included in the fare.  We had Greek Veg. salad, potato chips and an orange plus water bottle! We had lunch at a dining area...a hut-like beautiful area. We saw many sparrows! Some sea gulls too! Black bigger sized crows which are called Raven here, were seen...many were there.
Looks like small small temples!

The river becomes narrow here.

The hollow is scary! We could have gone for a skywalk.  It is an artificial projected platform  where the floor is transparent and we can see the depth/floor of the canyon here!

Another angle at the Eagle point.  People were going near the edge and taking photographs.  We didn't have enough guts.  Look at the vegetation even on the dry rocks.  California has got drought now for the past 4-5 years.  Still...

The dining area.  Many sparrows were there for eating bread crumbs and other food particles!

A little bigger sized crows which are called Raven were seen here!
I think this tour will stay in my memory for the great Grand Canyon rocks and the helicopter ride! I admire the Colorado river too which flows so silently now but had created this Canyon here with its force from the past millions of years!



sm said...

'Mckenna's Gold my one of the favorite movie
beautiful photos
have to read post once again

Sandhya said...

sm: Thank you, sm!It was a memorable visit! I and my husband were discussing about the movie while standing there at the Canyon edges! Saw the areas via helicopter, I think. It took us to the surrounding areas too!

You are the first to comment, thank you!

Destination Infinity said...

I guess it should have been a cool experience to go in a helicopter. I should also ride in one, or ride one, some day :) Good to know more about the Grand Canyon.

Destination Infinity

SG said...

I am glad you enjoyed Grand Canyon. Several of the majestic landforms are called "temples". One of them is called Brahma. Another one is Vishnu. And, another is Shiva.

Sandhya said...

DESTINATION INFINITY: We feel like a tiny speck while standing there, watching the Eagle rock. Nature is at its best there!

SG: I didn't know about the trimurthi temples. I thought they looked like our temples. Thanks for the information, SG!

Shail said...

Really awesome! :) I love your travelogues! I will always remember it is your writing on Vedanthangal that took me there :D May be one day i will go here too!

Anonymous said...

I love the Grand Canyon...actually amazed by its beauty, formation and splendour ! One day, I shall visit this place and click pics too :D

The force of the water is truly a thing to think about before declaring it to be silent na...
Whenever talks of the force of the water come, my mind races to the tsunami episodes...

Sandhya said...

SHAIL MOHAN: You will visit this place soon and take many many beautiful pictures! The place is shockingly beautiful!

UMSREFLECTIONS: Yes, tsunami is a great example of the force of water. Visit this place soon and write about it!

Usha basker said...

Very nice writeup with beautiful and clear photographs. We went by bus and didn't get chance for skywalk due to lack of time. Missed beauty of Colorado river also. But enjoyed the rocky beauty of grand canyon and was amazed at its vast area. Nice blog. Enjoyed very much Sandya kumar

Renu said...

Even I found grand canyon very fascinating and views were just mind brought back the meories.

Sandhya said...

USHA BASKER: River is smooth with no ripples! Skywalk was interesting, people who went there, told me. Yes, it is mainly the rocks which are amazing!

RENU: Yes, Renu, it is really mind blowing! We will always remember this!

Jeevan said...

I first time saw the Grand Canyon in yenake yenaka song from Tamil film Jeans. You got great photos on Canyon shot from three different modes of travel and angles. Enjoyed the detail and what really impressed me more is the layers of rock formation/mountains remains as trace of history.

Usha basker said...

You have a very good camera Sandya Kumar. Pictures r so good and clear. .

Rama Ananth said...

Nice description of the G Canyon. The additional view from the Helicopter, and the boat ride must have been really wonderful. It is worth visiting at least once in our lives.

KParthasarathi said...

I had never been there but knew of it only from pictures.As someone has pointed out
your skill in photography is fully evident bringing before my mind's eye the breath taking views and the awesomeness of the scenery.Thank you

rudraprayaga said...

The word beautiful gets its meaning in such places.Very pretty photographs and informative write up.In reality I love such things.Thank you for sharing this here.

Sandhya said...

K PARTHASARATHY: Thank you, Partha Sir!

RUDRAPRAYAGA: Thank you, Rudraprayaga!

ashok said...


Zephyr said...

If there is one place in the world I want to see before I die, it is the Grand Canyon. Lovely reading and seeing pics about the natural wonder.

Sandhya said...

ASHOK: Thank you, Ashok!

ZEPHYR: We enjoyed visiting this place, thoroughly! First time chopper ride too...was not scary as we expected! But I think the beauty of the place marred all the fear. It is so beautiful! Overwhelming!

Please visit this place...this is a 'must see' place!

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