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Grand Canyon as seen from the Desert View Watchtower area. | by Jim Purcell
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Grand Canyon as seen from the Desert View Watchtower area.

Grand Canyon, July 15, 2007 — With an area just under 300 miles long, 18 miles wide, 6000 feet deep, the Grand Canyon is considered a holy site by the Pueblo people and many of the people who are fortunate enough to see it. It has been know by the Europeans since 1540.


It is not the deepest nor the widest canyon in the world, but it is simply gorgeous. It has been home to not only the Pueblos, but also to the Cohonina, Sinagua, Hualapai, Havasupai, Paiutes, and the Navajo.


This remote part of the US receives around five million visitors per year. Around 17% of these are from outside the United States. Whether you are touring the world, or the US, or even just Arizona, I totally recommend a visit. The grandeur, the wildlife, can change a person. It certainly can enrich a person. But don't forget to take your camera!


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Tucson Photographer, Jim Purcell


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This is a panorama made up of 5 exposures merged together using Adobe Photoshop. I imported and tagged the photo with Photo Mechanic. I spruced-up the image using the Topaz plug-ins: Denoise, Detail, Adjust, and Remask then touched-up the image using Adobe Photoshop.


Pentax *ist DL

smc Pentax-DA 18-55mm ƒ3.5-5.6 AL

ISO 200, ƒ20, 1/200

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Taken on July 14, 2007