Looking down the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone from Inspiration Point, Yellowstone National Park, Wyo., U.S.A.
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LOOKING DOWN THE GRAND CANYON FROM INSPIRATION POINT, YELLOWSTONE PARK. Captain H. M. Chittenden in his admirable book, "The Yellowstone" (by far the most complete and delightful work yet written on the subject), says: "The Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone is acknowledged by all beholders to stand without parallel among the natural wonders of the globe. Other canyons, the Yosemite, for example, have greater depths and more imposing walls; but there are none which, in the words of Captain Ludlow, "unite more potently the two requisites of majesty and beauty." The canyon itself is vast. A cross-section in the largest part measures 2,000 feet at the top, 200 feet at the bottom, and is 1,200 feet deep, giving an area of over three acres. "There are three distinct features which unite their peculiar glories to enhance the beauty of this canyon. These are the canyon itself, the waterfall at its head, and the river below." If one, in looking a photograph of the Grand Canyon, imagines the walls covered with an artistic medley of millions of rainbows, entwined with the most beautiful of sunsets, he may thereby get an idea, or mental picture, that approaches the reality; but of all natural scenes in the world, this glorious canyon must be viewed directly with the human eye in order to be appreciated.