The Redwall limestone is arguably the most distinctive of the rock layers within Grand Canyon. Ranging from 400 to 650 feet in height, this sheer rock face typically displays an unnatural ruddy hue. This coloration is the result of the Hermit and Supai layers' naturally red soils washing down across the face of the Redwall and staining the limestone layer its defining color.
Not only is the Redwall dramatic in appearance, this layer typically offers dramatic views to all who make the effort to venture near the edge. This is no more true than along the Tanner trail where the Redwall hosts several good camp sites, all offering dramatic views of the inner Canyon.
This image captures a sunrise experienced during a March 2012 backpacking trip in Grand Canyon. Clouds hovering over the Palisades of the Desert are tinged yellow and ochre. The soft twilight of the early morning sky is not enough to bring out the colors of the rock but there is enough light to tease detail and texture from the stone portrait.
Three bracketed exposures were tonemapped in Photomatix Pro to create this image. The resulting TIF was brought into Photoshop Elements 9 for final tweaking.