Photography and commentary from John Fujimagari

Posts tagged “Grand Canyon

Before Moonset, Yaki Point

Before Moonset, Yaki Point


In order for the moon to be full, it must be on the opposite side of the earth from the sun. So, moonrise happens at sunset and moonset happens at sunrise. Two days after the full moon the moon is still in the sky when the sun is up. The sun is up high enough to reach into the canyon but hasn’t reached the Colorado River at the bottom of the gorge.

In the best light…


Morning In The Canyon

Morning In The Canyon


Early or late in the day is when I think the Grand Canyon looks the best. The strong cross lighting highlights the deep crevasses in the rock formations showing the textures and patterns of the strata.

In the best light…

Dawn At The Grand Canyon

Dawn At The Grand Canyon


The light comes in hard, the first thing in the morning at the Grand Canyon. When the sun gets above the horizon enough peer deeper into the recesses, it hits the canyon wall creating dark shadows on the formations behind. The early light is very warm looking, giving the coloured rock a deep rich hue.

In the best light…

Across From Vishnu Temple

Across From Vishnu Temple


Early explorers in the Grand Canyon must have been hearty souls with a rounded education in foreign religion and mythology. In the center is Vishnu Temple, I believe to the left is Wotan’s Throne. Isis, Osiris, Diana and Jupiter all make appearances in Grand Canyon nomenclature.

On this morning, the sun’s ray are starting to shine down the canyon creating streaks of light. The smaller formation in the canyon is being lit by reflected light from the cliff where I’m standing.

In the best light…

Moonrise Over The Canyon

Moonrise over the Canyon


The sun had just dipped below the horizon in the west, and when I turned around the moon had risen above the Kaibab Plateau for the evening. Starting into the Blue Hour the colours were more muted than with the direct sunlight shining on them.

In the best light…