Grand Canyon, c. 1930, Oil on Panel - Joseph Henry Sharp (1859 - 1953)
“When you come to the Grand Canyon it’s as though Nature were breaking out into supplication. On an average it’s only ten to eighteen miles from rim to rim of the Canyon, but it takes two days to traverse it on foot or horseback. It takes four days for the mail to travel from one side to the other, a fantastic journey in which your letters pass through four States. Animals and birds rarely cross the abyss. The trees and vegetation differ from one plateau to the other. Passing from top to bottom you go through practically all the climatic changes known on this globe, except the Arctic and Antarctic extremes. Between two formations of rock there was, so the scientists say, an interval of 500,000,000 years. It’s mad, completely mad, and at the same time so grandiose, so sublime, so illusory, that when you come upon it for the first time you break down and weep with joy.”
- The Air-Conditioned Nightmare by Henry Miller.
(With thanks to WARMER CLIMATES & GEOLOGÍA for the Miller excerpt)