Saturday, September 11, 2010

Aerial Views of the Grand Canyon and Lake Mead

The Grand Canyon

We had this unexpected treat to fly over the Grand Canyon from Atlanta to Las Vegas last week. And we were seated on the right side of the plane to boot! It was a challenge to take these images through double glass pane windows using a simple digital camera from 32,000 feet. I had to photoshop these photos for a sharper image. The results show the incredible topography of the Grand Canyon.


Notice the Colorado River cutting its way along Canyon walls. The walls are about a mile deep and 18 miles wide. To get a different perspective of the Grand Canyon, try cruising down the river in a pumpboat. There is a helicopter tour from the Western Rim that goes into the Canyon (an exhilirating ride to say the least) and drops off passengers by the water's edge where the pumpboat is waiting.  For more info go to the National Park Service website: www.nps.gov/grca/.

Lake Mead

Lake Mead is the reservoir that was created by the damming of the Colorado River. The Lake Mead National Recreation Area covers 1.5 million acres including a smaller lake, Lake Mohave. It is about 30 minutes southeast of Las Vegas. For more information about the park, check out www.nps.gov/lake/.
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Images by Charie

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