Sunset at the Grand Canyon

I see skies of blue and clouds of white
The bright blessed day, the dark sacred night
And I think to myself what a wonderful world.
– from “What a Wonderful World” performed by Louis Armstrong

A Martian landscape?
No, it’s the sun setting over the Grand Canyon.


On our own planet Earth.


On First Looking into the Grand Canyon

I share this gentleman’s awe when I first saw the Grand Canyon.


No words of mine can give it justice. What came into my head was the poem of John Keats – “On First Looking into Chapman’s Homer” — from which I borrow these lines.

“Much have I traveled in the realms of gold
And many goodly states and kingdoms seen…
Oft of one wide expanse had I been told…
Yet never did I breathe its pure serene”

Till I stood at its precipice loud and bold

“Then felt I like some watcher of the skies
When a new planet swims into his ken;
Or like stout Cortez when with eagle eyes
He stared at the Pacific—and all his men
Looked at each other with a wild surmise—
Silent, upon a peak in Darien.”

Once in our lifetime, we have to see the Grand Canyon and know the meaning of Admiration.