“A Look at to a Kill” – Desert Look at Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

“A View to a Kill” – Desert View Watchtower, Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

I am last but not least submitting a photograph that has been residing on my challenging drive considering that 2008. This was from a not so successful pictures trip I took to Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. Perhaps I am sharing this considering that I will be leaving for a backpacking trip to the Grand Canyon this Friday.

Or it could be that making this photograph practically killed me.

Permit us backup for a minute.

I begun 2008 with lots of bold targets to photograph as lots of iconic landscapes during the American Southwest as attainable. 1st on my checklist was photographing winter season landscapes at the Grand Canyon. I was there for four times and from a landscape pictures place of look at it was a bust because the complete time the sky was a uniform blue and devoid of any clouds (as you see in the picture).

Soon after photographing from all the preferred viewpoints (i.e. Mather and Yavapai Point), I attempted my luck as lesser known and fewer crowded viewpoints. One region I have observed shots of is the Desert Look at Watchtower located in close proximity to the eastern entrance of the park.

The watchtower is a 70-foot four-tale stone framework that was created by American architect Mary Colter, who also created lots of other buildings in the Grand Canyon these as Hermit’s Relaxation and Lookout Studio.

Soon after I toured the inside of the tower I walked outside to scout for a composition for a sunset shot. Instantly I begun finding a sharp, stabbing ache to my abdominal area. I bent more than in ache and fell on the cold ground as I silently screamed in ache. Soon after whimpering like a very little newborn, I managed to stumble back again to my vehicle. Sitting in the driver’s seat items only obtained worse. It was still a good twenty-mile drive back again to the Grand Canyon Village the place I was keeping, but I was in no situation to drive. Soon after gritting my teeth for five unbearable minutes the ache out of the blue subsided. Popular sense would dictate I drive back again to my motel room and seek health-related focus, but my unreasonable photographer head mentioned I wanted to stay to get that sunset shot! I was not heading to permit a stomachache dictate my time at the Grand Canyon.

So what did I do? I obtained out of my vehicle, grabbed my picture equipment and composed this shot. I still had about two far more hrs until eventually sunset so I figured I would stroll about and locate far more innovative compositions, that is until eventually the stabbing pains came back again with a vengeance. As soon as all over again I stumbled back again to my vehicle the place I begun to sweat profusely as a consequence of a flu coming on. I handed in and out of consciousness for the future two hrs though laid out in the backseat of my vehicle.

So after all this you would think I would get hold of someone for health-related help?

Of class not!

I gathered up what remaining power I had and setup for a sunset shot. In the end, the sunset was awful and so was my situation. To this day I still don’t know how I did it, but I managed to make the twenty-mile drive back again to my room the place I immediately handed out.

The future early morning I felt drained, but considerably far better. I completed the rest of the trip without the need of any more troubles.

Soon after I obtained home I continued to have these belly aches off and on for a thirty day period. Because I am a stubborn particular person I refused to see a physician thinking it would all go absent. My philosophy is to see a physician when dying is imminent and that is precisely what took place. At a family gathering at my sister’s household I handed out when all over again owing to the ache and she drove me to urgent care, which on executing a fast health-related look at referred me to the regional medical center crisis room.

Extensive tale quick, I had some odd and rare form of appendicitis (I simply cannot recall the actual health-related phrase) the place it would flare up constantly and leak harmful fluids into my intestines. Soon after two 1-week extended medical center stays, a colonoscopy and $a hundred,000 in health-related expenditures (medical doctors and hospitals enjoy to milk good insurance policies plans…now you know why I dislike heading to the physician), I was back again to relatively typical, but most of 2008 turned out to be a bust for my pictures targets.

I hope this trip to the Grand Canyon will be considerably far more ache no cost, at the very least I will be touring a very little lighter considering that I’ll be without the need of an appendix!

One far more picture in the remark area.

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Posted by Sam Antonio Images on 2014-02-18 07:50:16

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