19th Annual Smithsonian Magazine Photo Contest Natural World
Ancestral Light

On a rafting trip down the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon, we hiked to Hilltop Ruin on the Escalante Trail. The sun was starting to drop below a canyon wall to the west, and I wasn't sure if the structure would go dark or get a glow. For a moment, the sun ran down the hilltop right to the structure.

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Date Taken: 04.2021
Date Uploaded: 10.2021
Photo Location: Arizona, United States of America
Copyright: © Ann Newman