Images made from the canyon rim can lack sufficient foreground to give a sense of perspective and the huge scale of this superlative landscape. I descended South Kaibab Trail early on a freezing cold winter morning to Ooh-Aah Point. Arriving in complete darkness, I waited for dawn to unveil a splendid panorama across Cedar Ridge to the multiple chasms of the North Rim. I was fortunate that before the sun rose over the South Rim behind me, it lit up clouds across the whole sky in glorious shades of pink. That ethereal light was reflected into the canyon, perfectly complementing the many hues of its sedimentary layers. For more images of the Colorado Plateau in winter, see my key  doesn't existUnited States Gallery.