The WordPress Weekly Photography Challenge – Edge

Here are my photos for this week’s WordPress photography challenge which has the theme of Edge. All these photos were taken at The Grand Canyon.

Photos taken on the edge - The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge - Edge

Walking out over the canyon on that glass platform is not for the faint-hearted. Yes, I did do it. I’m sure the lady taking the photo kept telling that man to keep moving back!

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge - Edge

Many people took great delight in just sitting on the edge.

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge - Edge

See the lady in the top left-hand corner of this photo? She was in a world of her own. Who can blame her?

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge - Edge

This is as close as I got to the edge of the Grand Canyon.

I hope you enjoyed being close to the Edge with me.

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88 comments

  1. Great story and post. I spend much of my life sitting on the edge. In some ways, that part of a decision to live life to the full but my health challenges have taken me there too many times too.
    My daughter has quite a fear of heights but she ends up having to join us and it’s getting better. Wasn’t happy going on the Ferris wheel at the Royal Sydney Easter Show but just returned from a school camp and was saying how she’d tried all the activities although there were times abseilling where she was curled up in a ball. So proud of how she’s edging away at overcoming her fears. She’s only ten and doing better at it than her Mum.
    Hope you have a great weekend.
    xx Rowena

      1. Thanks Hugh. It’s very important to share stories of people overcoming fear, especially with what we now know about neuroplasticity and that change is achievable.

    1. Yes, it has a glass floor and sides. You have to wear a shoe cover over your shoes so as to not scratch the surface. It was a mindblowing experience. I’ve got the photos which I’ll have to use for another challenge.

  2. Wow Hugh, great photos, do you believe that I’ve never been there? It’s on my list of places to go, I have already planned the trip: few days in Vegas and then the canyon. Have you been there recently?

  3. Great photos! i didn’t get such wonderful photos when I was there. The first time I was there,there was no glass walkway. The Grand Canyon is very impressive for a hole in the ground.. That you took those photos with your phone is most amazing. I had no real desire to walk out on the glass ledge either but did it so I could say I had.

      1. I used to live about 3 hours from there for many years and only went once during that time and once many years early as we drove cross country. There are so many wonderful places to see but I’m hoping for another run at Europe and maybe next time places I haven’t been to before like England, Ireland, Belgium, etc. I wouldn’t want to polish that glass either. 😦

  4. Incredible photos, Hugh! It’s an amazing sight and too much to take in all at once. My husband and I flew over in a helicopter. My heart nearly gave out as we flew all around the rims. Fantastic and frightening experience! I am not a lover of heights but I had to do it and am glad I did. But I won’t do it again! LOL! Flew over Hawaii too in a helicopter. That was breathtaking and again nearly died from fright as we dipped up and down over cliffs and waterfalls! Yikes! Beautiful though! 😳😁

    1. My partner would not do the helicopter flight, although the rest of the family did. I couldn’t leave him on his own so I had to get near the edge to get the full effect.
      The helicopter ride around Hawaii sounds amazing, Janice. I probably would have been screaming with sheer joy in the back of the helicopter.

  5. Eek; you’re terrifying me, Hugh! 🙂 I hope to see the Grand Canyon someday (maybe soon), but from a longer (safer) distance! But still, I love the photos, Hugh. Looks like you and J had lots of fun between the natural landscapes and other Vegas excursions.

      1. Aha, I always knew I liked John. Direct confirmation! Sensible man you’ve got there, Hugh! 🙂 You’ll have to do a Vegas retrospective; obviously, there’s tons to do there, but to see Elton John seems to me the pinnacle of a Vegas experience (I’m not much into gambling).

        1. Elton had taken the place of Celine Dion. We saw her in concert at the O2 in London a few years ago. Both fantastic acts.
          Yep, we also went to Vegas and did not gamble. However, my niece came away $50 better off. She soon spent her winnings. 👠

    1. We were there in September 2014, Debby. We were in Las Vegas for five days and this was the one and only trip we had out of the city. It was a very quick trip to the States. John wouldn’t do the helicopter tour of the canyon, but I managed to drag him out on the glass walkway.😀 His Sister, her husband, and our niece did the helicopter trip. We stopped off near Area 51 and I had a photo taken of me with some aliens doing an autopsy on me! While in Las Vegas, we attended a Wedding, saw Elton John in concert at Caesar’s Palace, and also saw the biggest chocolate fountain in the world. A lot in five days, but it was a great trip.

      1. Wow! And yes, now I remember you going to Vegas. You sure did pack a lot of action in. I’m glad you got to the canyon, even without helicopter. It’s so vast that if you don’t fly over in helicopter you couldn’t possibly take it all in as there are so many rims. I was fortunate enough to go by helicopter and land in the bottom. I should dig out that picture for you! xo 🙂

    1. It was great fun, Janet. I even persuaded my partner (who hates heights) to come on the walk over the glass floor with me. I’ve got some great photos of it. Hopefully, I’ll be able to use them if someone sets the theme of ‘panic’ for a photo challenge. 😱

      1. I had an interview about 5 weeks ago for a great job in Las Vegas. The interview went really well, except for the woman who is retiring from the job expressing how appalled she was that I would move to a place I’d never been… Maybe she influenced the hiring manager ( I really liked him a lot…). I finally got an automated email saying I didn’t get the job. Arizona would be my first choice, but I just want to get back to the desert southwest. I’m flexible about what state. Oh well…

        Meanwhile, thanks again for the photo tour. Hugs.

        1. I’m the same. The phone goes everywhere with me just in case of a photo opportunity. I’ve now got an iPhone 6 and love the quality of the photos, but the iPhone 4 did very very well for photos as well.
          I’m all good thanks, Ritu. Now the book is back with the Editor, for its final check, I’ve time to do more blogging 😀

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