mather nature

While Grand Canyon National Park’s expansive vistas leave visitors awestruck during the day, it’s the amazing sunsets and starry skies that captures their attention at night. During July and August, spectacular sunsets like this one mark the end of the day. This picture was taken from Mather Point on the South Rim of the park as the last glowing rays of the setting sun illuminate the canyon. Photo by M.Quinn, National Park Service. 

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Hikers traveling through Mather Pass on the Pacific Coast Trail/John Muir Trail in the high Sierras, California. Note: snow still on the ground and melting, rounded granite boulders dotting the landscape, and see the difference in texture between the rocks they’re walking past and the high peaks - the high peaks are probably metamorphic rocks, making them more jagged and angular than the surrounding granite.