Description South Rim of the Grand Canyon from Pima Point (6,700 ft high). The Grand Canyon's black rock layer at river level, which is 2,450 feet above sea level, includes Vishnu Basement Rocks (2 billion years ago). They were formed when the North American tectonic plate collided with the Juan de Fuca tectonic plate. This created immense heat and pressure that melted the rock into dark metamorphic rock, squeezing it up through cracks in the earth to become the basement of the Grand Canyon. The Grand Canyon began when the Colorado River started carving through the rock layers 5 or 6 million years ago. The green color of the river comes from minerals in the water.
Victor Cariri, Sedona, Arizona Member Since April 2009 Artist Statement I have been photographing the landscape of the American Southwest for over 20 years. Moving near Sedona and the Grand Canyon has given me far greater freedom to catch their beauty with different combinations of light, clouds, storms and even snow.
All of my Sedona and Grand Canyon photographs for posters and prints are real, not faked. I use digital Nikon camera equipment that produces the highest quality photographs and do not distort the colors or add elements with image editing software. This being said, when the lighting is just right at sunset, the bright orange glowing Red Rocks of Sedona appear fake in the photos even to me...and I know that's how they really look! They are just magnificent!
Sedona, Arizona and the Grand Canyon are awe-inspiring, beautiful, tranquil...and yet, energizing. I hope you enjoy viewing my Sedona and Grand Canyon photographs as much as I did taking them!