gaining perspective at the grand canyon

February 14, 2019

Do you ever start out thinking you know where you’re headed, then wind up somewhere completely different?

That’s how I found myself at the Grand Canyon in January. It’s also how I found myself bouncing around the country for several years, moving back to New England, starting a family, and operating a photography business.

I never really planned to do any of those things. But often the roads you hadn’t intended to take hold the most meaningful surprises.

For all the traveling I’ve done around this country, I’ve only ever visited the Grand Canyon once before, and when I did I was so burnt out from a month on the road visiting national parks, big, beautiful rocks, and impressive holes in the ground that it was a little lackluster for me by the time I reached it. I know that makes me sound incredibly spoiled, but that’s only because I’m incredibly spoiled.

When I met my dad out west for our photo trip this year, we didn’t know exactly where we’d go—the national parks were effectively closed due to the government shutdown, there was snow up north, and there were plenty of other what-ifs to consider. But we decided to go for it, and—as usual—I’m glad we did.


rocks, trees, and snow against a blue sky with clouds at the grand canyon in arizona, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
looking down into the grand canyon covered in snow in january, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
grand canyon landscape through trees, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
grand canyon landscape through trees, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
grand canyon landscape with a dusting of snow, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
grand canyon landscape with blue sky overhead, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
grand canyon landscape with a dusting of snow, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
rays of sunlight rake across the grand canyon in arizona, with a light dusting of snow, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
the sun begins to set over the grand canyon in arizona, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a raven crows in the snow at the south rim of the grand canyon in arizona during winter, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a tree stands in a bed of snow at the edge of the grand canyon in arizona, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
landscape with sunset over the grand canyon in arizona, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
landscape with sun flare during a winter sunset at the grand canyon in arizona, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a landscape with the colorado river running through the grand canyon turns pink during a spectacular winter sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
sunset tower on the south rim of the grand canyon in arizona is lit by the sunset in january, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a landscape with the colorado river running through the grand canyon turns pink during a spectacular winter sunset, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a winter sunset turns the grand canyon to colorful blues and purples under a yellow sky, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a winter sunset turns the grand canyon to colorful blues and purples under a yellow and orange sky, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a winter sunset turns the grand canyon to colorful blues and purples under a pink, yellow, and orange sky, photographed by jamie bannon photography.
a winter sunset turns the grand canyon to colorful blues and purples under a yellow and orange sky, photographed by jamie bannon photography.

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