<< Previous Next >>

The Hole

The Hole
Photo Information
Copyright: Alli Hemingway (annagrace) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 527 W: 18 N: 851] (2996)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1983
Categories: River
Camera: Nikon EM
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Movietitles [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-07-13 17:06
Viewed: 4498
Points: 28
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The chances are that a number of processes combined to create the views that you see in the Grand Canyon. The most powerful force to have an impact on the Grand Canyon is erosion, primarily by water (and ice) and second by wind. Other forces that contributed to the Canyon's formation are the course of the Colorado River itself, vulcanism, continental drift and slight variations in the earths orbit which in turn causes variations in seasons and climate.

Water seems to have had the most impact basically because our planet has lots of it and it is always on the move. Many people cannot understand how water can have such a profound impact considering that the Canyon is basically located in a desert. This is one of the biggest reasons that water has such a big impact here. Because the soil in the Grand Canyon is baked by the sun it tends to become very hard and cannot absorb water when the rains to come. When it does rain the water tends to come down in torrents which only adds to the problem. The plants that grow in the Grand Canyon tend to have very shallow root systems so that they can grab as much water as possible on those rare occasions when it does rain. Unfortunately these root systems do nothing to deter erosion by holding the soil in place. Now you've got lots of water, no place for it to go, but down to the Colorado River, and nothing holding the soil and rock in place. The result is frequently a flash flood roaring down a side canyon that can move boulders the size of automobiles, buses and even small houses. If automobiles, buses and small houses are in the way then it will take them too. Luckily no one builds houses in the Grand Canyon so that's not a problem but there are a few autos, vans and buses sitting at the bottom of the Colorado. This mass that moves down a side canyon during a flash flood is more like a fast flowing concrete than water and it can be very dangerous to hikers.

This photo was scanned. Dust & scratches were removed. I like this image better than my previous post because you can see the Colorado River at the bottom of the canyon. It is called "The Hole" to fit with sAner's theme of movie titles (an obscure 1994 French-Taiwanese film).

cougrrr, sway, coasties, sam224, Comandante, sAner, novaman, marhowie, carper, Luc, liquidsunshine, Fisher, orme, Marlis has marked this note useful
Only registered TrekNature members may rate photo notes.
Add Critique [Critiquing Guidelines] 
Only registered TrekNature members may write critiques.
ThreadThread Starter Messages Updated
To Fisher: Hey Mike!annagrace 1 07-26 22:01
To sAner: Signing off for a while....annagrace 1 07-14 22:32
To greghume: Hi Greg!annagrace 1 07-14 06:40
You must be logged in to start a discussion.

Critiques [Translate]

I like the richness of the color in the foreground contrasting with the muted tones. It has a painting like quality that is quite attractive. Gives a feeling of the expanse of the canyon. Nice shot.

  • Great 
  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2005-07-13 23:45]

Wow. you can see for miles!
Nice picture, great colours.
It is very easy to see the different layers in the rocks that have built up over thousands of years just to get eroded away again.

Hi Alli
We visited the Grand Canyon several years ago and saw something like this. I also have a Nikon EM but must confess that I hardly use it anymore. I attempted a workshop to sharpen and adjust the color slightly.

Hello Alli

What a magnificent shot. The vast expanse is mind blowing. I love all the different colours and textures. Your note is very comprehensive and informative. Thanks.

Hello Alli!
Very nice landscape.It looks like a painting picture.Well seen and composed.Very well done!
Thanks for sharing.

  • Great 
  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-07-14 6:19]
  • [+]

Hi Alli,

What a view!!! Good composition and wonderful colors. A little bit noisy but nothing serious. Well done & TFS!


  • Great 
  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-07-14 12:28]

very good photo Alli,
the depth, the fantastic nature, the details and the good composition made this very nice, good job,
gr. Jaap

Nice shot Alli. The colours mixed in this shot are really amazing: the red of the earth, the blue of the sky.. The scanning caused some problems of sharpness.. Anyway very nice shot. Bravo!

Excellent view Ali! Great colors and I like the light play seen throughout from the broken sunlight. Excellent note, Well done!

Wonderful view Alli,
Well composed, good detail, colours and POV.
Nicely captured, Have a grreat weekend.
Thanks for posting

Did you mean to say, "The red hole"

Excellent view and well done on the composition and details. Beautiful.


Beautiful landscape Alli, excellent shot! Very much a postcard shot.

  • Great 
  • orme Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 45 W: 0 N: 56] (188)
  • [2005-07-26 1:02]

This is a lovely landscape shot, Alli. The range of colours and the layers in the rocks are both excellent. The perfect 'soft' blue sky finishes off the scene perfectly. Well framed.

hello Alli,
I never get tired of looking at the Canyon- your shot is impressive. Beautiful colors,- I like the way the rim fades into the mountains in the distance- and then into the sky.
Great POV.... well, I guess you stayed on the Southrim.

Calibration Check