After awaking to clear skies in the below freezing darkness of the morning, we drove to our sunrise location in hopes for something dramatic to happen. As we arrived at our spot, we noticed a large "fog" bank that appeared to be creeping closer towards us. As we waited and waited and watched the glow of pre sunrise begin to appear at the opposite horizon, we decided to step outside and give it a look to see if was worth our time. As soon as we close the doors, it began snowing briefly yet consistently. It was still about 30 minutes before sunrise and we saw the cloud begin to clear from the west and unveil the canyon. This was a gift, as the pre sunrise earth shadow gave a beautiful display over the freshly dusted canyon. However, once the sun rose, that snow cloud lit up in a beautiful display of light over the desert view watch tower and palisades of the desert (the cliffs closest to the left). It was a magical morning, and well worth trudging through the deep snow drifts in the balmy -9 and lower temps. While the foreground may lack for some, I think it perfectly portrays the feeling of being a desolate and unforgiving landscape, yet draped in beautiful white snow.
Lipan Point- Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
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