"Sunrise at Mather Point" - Grand Canyon, Arizona
Marci and I had never previously been to the Grand Canyon, so during our first photo expedition to Arizona in February of 2006 (at the time we were living in Cape Cod, Mass.) we made plans to visit the South Rim at sunrise. We checked-in to our hotel in Flagstaff at midnight and checked out 5 hours later.
Arriving at the Rim just before sunrise, the morning was very windy and cold - temperatures were well below freezing and in the single digits. Wearing multiple layers with handwarmers in our gloves and shoes, I set up my camera and tripod and waited for the sun to appear above the horizon. Surrounded by a surprising number of spectators also braving the cold, we watched as the warm light from the sun slowly started to touch the highest peaks in the Canyon. It was an incredible sight seeing it for the first time. First one peak would light up, then another, then another. All the while the continuing brightness of the morning slowly and steadily increased giving more and more detail to the valley below.
Watching the Canyon awake and come to life quickly made us forget about the cold that morning and also went a long way in helping our decision to move to Arizona - a move we would make some nine months later.