I’d woke at 3:30AM (ouch) to meet friend and fellow landscape photographer Doug Koepsel for a sunrise shoot at Yaki Point, on the south rim of Grand Canyon National Park. After a 30 minute hike through the pre-dawn darkness, we were a bit disappointed to find a heavy wall of clouds blocking the eastern sky where the sun would rise. 5:19AM came and went, with no brilliant, colorful clouds to reward us for our efforts. We folded up our tripods and hiked eastward along the edge, scouting for possible spots to use on future visits. Eventually, the clouds began to dissipate, allowing these beautiful beams of light to shine down, and igniting hopes that we might still see the canyon lit up in the early morning sun.