The Immensity of It All

"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself." — John Wesley Powell

It is difficult to adequately put into words the sense of awe one feels when seeing the Grand Canyon for the first time. The mind feels prepared to be amazed, but nothing compares to seeing this ...grandeur, like a neverending matte painting on display. The feeling of absolute smallness in the midst of a great world, standing on a rocky outcropping as the storm clouds clear and the wind whips around you is enlivening.

A few weeks ago, I headed out to the desert with two good friends, to ramble around the desert and, most notably for me, see the Grand Canyon with my own eyes for the first time. The few hours we spent driving through the heart of thunderstorm and walking along the edge of the South Rim were an amazing taste of its beauty, and a much-needed, invigorating break from the day-to-day busyness of life.

Parade of images

Not a cloud was in sight as Edmonds residents crowded the sidewalks this morning for the town's annual July 4 parade. I and a fellow photographer geared up and made our way through the crowd, capturing images, striving to capture the essence of small-town Independence Day.

Respect America. Because if you don't, I'm pretty sure Smilin' Joe Spanglepants here will hunt you down.

It would've been easy to miss some of the smaller participants...

Lord Vader, I find your lack of red, white and blue disturbing.

Face off!