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Best of Arizona 2013: Excellence Marks the Spots
There are a lot of scenic photo ops in Arizona — the Grand Canyon alone has about a million. But what are the best? The very best? For the answer, we asked some of our most talented landscape photographers to reveal their single favorite place to make a photograph. Here's what they had to say.

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GRAND CANYON
Jack Dykinga

Camera: Arca-Swiss

Why is this your favorite place? The Grand Canyon always shows you something different — different emotions, different personalities. It generates its own weather. I looked at this spot — on the way to Cape Royal — for a really long time and could never figure out how to shoot it. Ultimately, I used a fixed rope and sort of rappelled down and tied in the camera on the rope. While I was rappelling down, my wife said, "I can't watch." It may have been a near-divorce experience.

Best season to photograph this location: There isn't one — that's why it's so wonderful. You never know what you're going to get.

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Best time of day to photograph there: Very early and very late.

How many times have you been there? That number is beyond my memory — hundreds, and probably thousands.

How did you discover this location? I saw it several times on my way to Cape Royal. It's very dramatic.

Directions: Cape Royal, the southernmost viewpoint on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon, is accessible via the 0.5-mile Cape Royal Trail. From Grand Canyon Lodge on the North Rim, drive 3 miles north on State Route 67 and turn right onto Cape Royal Road. Follow the road for 19 miles to the trailhead.

Information: Grand Canyon National Park, 928-638-7797 or www.nps.gov/grca

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