This is Chapter 2 of a collaborative effort including photos from my visit to the Grand Canyon annotated by passages excerpted from naturalist John Muir's "The Grand Canyon of the Colorado". (5 photos) You can view 'Chapter 1: The Living, Rejoicing Colors' here.
If the Grand Canyon were an invariant entity its size alone would make it difficult to appreciate in full. But the Canyon is anything but constant. It is continuously being reshaped by myriad cycles of deconstruction, construction and reconstruction, giving rise over eons to new promontories referred to as amphitheaters, temples, palaces and buildings. Not surprisingly, Muir says it best:
"Thus the canyon grows wider and deeper. So also do the side canyons and amphitheaters, while secondary gorges and circues gradually isolate masses of promontories, forming new buildings, all of which are being weathered and pulled and shaken down while being built, showing destruction and creation as one. We see the proudest temples and palaces in the stateliest attitudes, wearing their sheets of detritus as royal robes, shedding off showers of red and yellow stones like trees in autumn shedding their leaves, going to dust like beautiful days to night, proclaiming as with tongues of angels the natural beauty of death." - John Muir
Next up: Chapter 3: "Like wisps of long hair"