I had intended to get this post up last week, but as sometimes happens life intervened and I got sidetracked. The month of September kept me busy with two trips to the Grand Canyon – a backpacking trip down to the Colorado River from the South Rim followed a couple weeks later with a photo trip to the North Rim.
Looking into the Canyon at Point Imperial just after sunrise. The low clouds softened the light causing the colors to really pop out.
An hour later the fog had rolled in changing the whole perspective of the view. The sun threatened to break through but never quite did.
A small herd of bison grazing near the park entrance. They kept a cautious eye on us, and soon retreated back into the woods.
Morning view from Bright Angel Point, an easy hike from the lodge.
Mule deer grazing off the Transept Trail.
It being autumn the Aspens wore a surprising variety of color counterpointed by the pines and the clear blue of the skies.
Late summer rain over the Grand Canyon as seen from the South Rim
I’ll be honest… When I first stepped up to the scenic overlook at the South Rim my first thought wasn’t of the beauty of the vista, rather it was (Homer Simpson voice) “Holy Cr@p! I’m going to hike to the bottom of that in the morning?!”Continue reading →
The hike to the Grinnell Glacier (elevation 6500′) is strenuous, but worth it. It was about 710 acres in 1850 at the end of the little ice age and has been retreating ever since. It’s now something less than 200 acres.
Taken from the same location as “Water Under the Bridge” in my last post. This picture is of the view looking 90 degrees to the left and level with the horizon where the last one was looking down on the water. It was taken about 10 minutes later, same conditions.
Aside from a couple of stops at St Johns airport in Labrador, I’ve never spent any time in Canada. Not that I had ever heard anything bad about our northern neighbor, there just never seemed to be a reason to visit. When the Missus and I found out that Arizona Highways Photography Workshops was organizing a trip to Vancouver Island with photographer Shane McDermott it drew our interest, and since our calendar happened to be clear for the month we went ahead and enrolled.
Each day on the trip we sampled a different aspect of Vancouver Island. The variety of photographic subjects and the beauty of the area makes it impossible to describe in a blog post, so I’ve decided to just post a few sample pictures and descriptions to try and capture a little of the feel of the Island.