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The Colors of the Grand Canyon

Updated on September 6, 2014
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The author is an amateur artist and photographer that loves to travel with her husband of 37 years.

The Colors of the Grand Canyon

Your first impression of the Grand Canyon is the immense size of it. People grow silent as they gaze upon its beauty. There is a tranquility that touches your mind, your heart and your soul as you drink in the beauty.

But is it the colors that mesmerize you. It seems to be ever changing as the light moves across it's face. Molding shadows into deep crevices of the river, green plateaus of grass that melt to the rivers edge. Red rock that climbs the walls, the soft haze of the light as it plays across miles and miles of distance.

There are different shades of purples, blues, greens, reds, orange, browns, tans that like an artist's paintbrush caressing the canvas comes alive before your eyes as the glorious canyon moves throughout the light of the day and into the night.

A place that seems desolate at first glance, comes alive as you gaze into it's depths..

How wonderful it would be to experience all places in the Grand Canyon at every time of day, every season, every weather and witness the ever changing beauty of it's glorious colors.

Come and witness the beautiful hues of the Grand Canyon.

Incredible Hues of the Grand Canyon - © by Photographer Linda Hoxie

Incredible Hues of the Grand Canyon
Incredible Hues of the Grand Canyon

In this photo you can see the deep blue of the Colorado River before it turns muddy.

Red's, Orange, and Greens - © by Photographer Linda Hoxie

Red's, Orange, and Greens
Red's, Orange, and Greens

Blues and Rust, purples and greens - © by Photographer Linda Hoxie

Red's, Orange, and Greens
Red's, Orange, and Greens

Amazing colors of the Grand Canyon - © by Photographer Linda Hoxie

Amazing colors of the Grand Canyon
Amazing colors of the Grand Canyon

What makes the different colors at the Grand Canyon?

© by Photographer Linda Hoxie
© by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

This Photo above seems so surreal.

Lets talk about some of the colors in the Grand Canyon.

There is orange sandstone, siltstones, and mudstones. These are the leavings of some ancient waterways.

There is shale that may have a green tint to it. Formed by layers of sediment and minerals that acted much like glue to pack them together in layers. If you ever break open a shale rock, you will notice how it breaks into layers.

In the grand canyon you will also see sandstone, made of as well as the color of sand. Sand created by erosion of rock over the years.

There is also limestone, which is a light color. Many layers of different sea creatures helped to create the limestone.

You may find other places that have molten rock or magma, as well as crystals, and rocks that change with heat and pressure.

All of these different types of rocks help to make up the wondrous colors you see in the Grand Canyon.

The grass and trees also add a different play of color.

But then there is also the time of day, the play of light, the shadows created by the mountains or the clouds.

Colors of the Grand Canyon

Colors of the Grand Canyon © by Photographer Linda Hoxie
Colors of the Grand Canyon © by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

You can see forever

The farthest distance here, is over 100 miles away you almost swear you can see forever.

There is one viewpoint that shows how you can see so far that you can actually see the curvature of the earth in the distance. How cool is that?

Layers of Color

© by Photographer Linda Hoxie
© by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

Layers and Layers of color decorate the Canyon.

When you look at the different layers, you go silent as you contemplate as to what was happening on our earth when each layer was created.

Some layers are wider than others.

It makes one wonder, were they slowly built up in some cases and maybe quickly created in other cases with the explosion of a volcano, with lava flowing over the rock.

Layers build up, and layers decay and erode with the passage of time.

Purple mountains majesty at the Grand Canyon

Purple mountains majesty at the Grand Canyon © by Photographer Linda Hoxie
Purple mountains majesty at the Grand Canyon © by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

I'm not sure what brings out the purple hue as the sun shines towards the distance, but the purples and blues come to life. Absolutely gorgeous!

Brush with a backdrop of the Grand Canyon

© by Photographer Linda Hoxie
© by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

Oh to be a bush, on the side of this glorious Canyon, just think of the changes and beauty it sees.

Natures frame

© by Photographer Linda Hoxie
© by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

No better framing for the views. I love the contrasting colors of the red rock foreground, the light limestone and the darkness of the tree, compared to the mountains in the distance. Just beautiful.

Shadows deepen as the sun sinks lower

© by Photographer Linda Hoxie
© by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

Shadows deepen as the sun sinks lower, peaks of color stand out amongst the shadows of darkness. The tips of each mountain top, butte or temple are the last to succomb to the darkness of the night, the first to experience the touch of sunshine at the break of dawn.

Grand Canyon

by Photographer Linda Hoxie
by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

I have to ask: Does anyone else see a fish in that bottom shadow? His mouth faces left, can you see him?

The Grand Canyon at first light

© by Photographer Linda Hoxie
© by Photographer Linda Hoxie | Source

Thank you for taking the time to stop by, I really appreciate you! Please drop a note below so that I know you were here.

Thank you,

Linda

Thank you!

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      Shannen 

      7 weeks ago

      What are the color of the grand canyon? I love the grand canyon

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      clouda9 lm 

      9 years ago

      Oh I so want to go to The Grand Canyon...your pictures confirm my desires!

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      nightbear lm 

      9 years ago

      Spectacular!!!!

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      dahlia369 

      9 years ago

      Breathtaking... :)

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      Kiwisoutback 

      9 years ago from Massachusetts

      Wow, you've really gone into detail on the Grand Canyon! I'm off to check out all of these Grand Canyon lenses. Squid angel blessed.

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      Sandy Mertens 

      9 years ago from Frozen Tundra

      You take some amazing pictures. Very beautiful.

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      Debbie 

      9 years ago from England

      Stunning photographs. I'm so glad you had such a wonderful trip :)

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      rewards4life info 

      9 years ago

      What a beautiful place! Your pictures are fantastic! Thanks for sharing.=)

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      Jimmie Quick 

      9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      Wow! It's far more blue that I'd expected.

      I wanted to take a family vacation to the GC in 2010. But my husband and daughter finally convinced me that "it's just a big hole. boring." Your lenses are making me want to go. :-)

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Wonderful pictures Linda thank you for sharing your vacation with us. 5 stars

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      K Linda 

      9 years ago

      Linda, your photographs really capture the awesome of the Grand Canyon. I went there a few years ago in winter. It was snowing with a frigid wind blowing, but it was still amazingly beautiful. I look forward to another visit in warmer weather. 5*

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