Weekly Photo Challenge: Forces of Nature


I just returned to Iowa from a 3,100 mile (4989 km) trip to the Grand Canyon (with a visit to the grandkids in Texas, too). This was the second time I’ve been able to stand on the rim, but the first for my wife. It’s immensity, 277 miles (446 km) long, up to 18 miles (29 km) wide and more than a mile (6,000 feet / 1,800 meters) deep, is without a doubt the result of erosion. The Colorado River (seen in this picture) is now that force of nature.


Desert View Point (Colorado River in center)

With ever-changing shadows cast on the Canyon walls, our last sunset on Monday evening was the best.


Sunset at Grand Canyon Village

This photo taken from Bright Angel Trail shows the forces of nature as trees and other greenery spring forth from rock, finding the smallest of a foothold to germinate and grow.


View from Bright Angel Trail

While the theories of the Grand Canyon formation range from occurring over millions of years to happening as a result of the more recent cataclysmic world-wide flood recorded in the Bible, no one can attest with certainty but God. Therefore, for this humble rural pastor, my observation of the Grand Canyon elicits praise for His handiwork as this plaque attests from Psalm 104:24.


Scripture plaque at the Lookout Studio entrance.

In response to The Daily Post’s weekly photo challenge: “Forces of Nature.”