Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

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Written by csilberman posted on Friday, April 30th, 2010

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photo by Craig Silberman,

About fifty miles long and a half mile deep, the Black Canyon is impressive for the steepness of its sheer walls. Unlike the Grand Canyon, which was carved by slow water moving through soft stone, the Black Canyon was carved by fast-moving water over hard stone.

Though a challenge to capture it in a photograph, we return at least once a year to try. Last Sunday we got up early, and spent about five hours exploring the north rim and the trail to Exclamation Point.

This photo was taken near one of the overlooks on the north rim. I like the black and white treatment because it emphasizes the great shapes and textures of this part of the canyon.

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