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As Grand as Ever

By Adrian Zupp

The Grand Canyon has been one of Peter’s true happy hunting grounds over the years. Iconic shots like “Edge of Time” and “Heaven on Earth” bear witness to that. He’s been going there for years and in this week’s episode of “From the Edge with Peter Lik” he ventures to this natural marvel again.

“I moved to the States because it has such diverse, roaring landscapes, and the Southwest particularly appeals to me,” said Peter. “There’s so much here: Death Valley, Canyonlands National Park up in Utah, and, of course, the granddaddy of them all is the Grand Canyon. You stand on the edge of that thing and it’s not hard to understand why it’s one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.”

Peter has visited the Grand Canyon countless times but it has been his treks to the little-visited north rim that have been the most rewarding.

“I prefer it because you get away from the tourists and you get perspectives that aren’t your usual post card shots,” explained Peter. “It’s harder to access but it’s bloody worth it!”

Peter’s best mate, and fellow pro photographer, Mike Plumridge can add a few words to that.

“The first time we ever went to the north rim, Peter had been watching the weather for the Grand Canyon on the Internet for days. Then, one day he looks up from his computer and says, ‘Clouds are coming in. Let’s go!’ Let me tell you, we bounced the 4WD up the trail to the north rim like the world was coming to an end. But in less than twenty-four hours from when we left, Pete had both ‘ Edge of Time’ and ‘Heaven on Earth’ in the tin. Incredible! It was quite an adventure.”

The latest Peter Lik Grand Canyon adventure will be featured on The Weather Channel this Thursday night.

“From the Edge with Peter Lik” airs at 9/8c each Thursday on The Weather Channel.

Posted on June 14, 2011 at 11:34 am

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