Beginning a new day rafting the Colorado River - Grand Canyon

"Night and day the river flows. If time is the mind of space, the Colorado is the soul of the desert. Brave boatmen come, they go, they die, and the voyage flows on forever. We are all canyoneers. We are all passengers on this little living mossy ship, this delicate dory sailing round the sun that humans call Earth." Edward Abbey, The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey, 1999


"For the first time, I felt I was getting close to the West of my deepest imaginings, the place where the tangible and the mythical became the same." Edward Abbey


Here Faye Atkinson is rowing. I rafted with Arizona Raft Adventures AZRA.


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  • dawn_adams 6y

    This is a great picture!! I so want to be rafting there right now!!!
  • Maureen McCaffrey 6y

    So beautiful!

    I saw this beautiful photo in
    Beautiful Earth
  • Jill Buschlen PRO 6y

    What a great way to see that area. I've always wanted to do that. Maybe some day:-)). Nice shot
  • southwest girl 6y

    oh what beautiful light just perfectly hitting that red rock. great shot al and looks like so much fun and very peaceful too.
  • Al_HikesAZ PRO 6y

    Thank you everyone.

    SWG - peaceful between rapids eeekkk. Sunrises and sunsets in the Inner Gorge are subtle like this with the light hitting the top of the formations and not really penetrating into the Gorge.

    Jill - there are raft trips specifically for photography. Usually with a renowned photographer along working with the guests. You would appreciate that kind of trip more than this kind. When you get serious, let me know and I'll give you some tips on trips.
  • 6y

    great shot!
    Seen in

  • DJuniorFan PRO 6y

    What a view! Nice shot, Al! Looks like fun.
  • J.R.Martinez 6y

    Hi, I'm an admin for a group called DIAFR@GMondo, and we'd love to have this added to the group!
  • Eddie Engel 6y

    Sort of a Land Before Time feeling. I like mucho.
  • Tesoros del Encanto 6y

    Nice, tremendo paseo
  • Denise McDonald PRO 6y

    beautiful picture.
    I saw this great image in:
    Awesome Nature
  • Carol PRO 5y

    Wonderful capture! :)

  • Al_HikesAZ PRO 5y

    Thank you everyone.
    Thank you camera girl 108 for the invite.
  • PRO 4y

    Simply wow ... absolutely stunning. I can't stop saying it!
  • Dan Anderson. PRO 4y

    Wow, does that look spectacular - sign me up for that ride :D
  • Karen Mallonee PRO 4y

    wonderful pov & sense of place
    love the Abbey quotes too
  • Dusty_73 PRO 3y

  • JoeCow 2y

    I definitely like your photographs! :) <3
  • Mark Berenson 2y

    Been there, done that. I only hope I live long enough to do it again. Unlike your pictures, most of the photos I've seen of Grand Canyon are pretty enough, but they don't convey the enormity of the place. Great job. Thanks for sharing.
  • e Woodside 1y

    What are you waiting for ...You only live twice...
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