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Grand Canyon – North Rim

Wotan's Throne

Wotan’s Throne viewed from Cape Royal.

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.

Low Clouds

Looking into the Canyon at Point Imperial just after sunrise.  The low clouds softened the light causing the colors to really pop out.

Morning Fog

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.

Bison Grazing

A small herd of bison grazing near the park entrance. They kept a cautious eye on us, and soon retreated back into the woods.

Distant River

Morning view from Bright Angel Point, an easy hike from the lodge.

Grazing Mule Deer

Mule deer grazing off the Transept Trail.

Aspen Colors

It being autumn the Aspens wore a surprising variety of color counterpointed by the pines and the clear blue of the skies.

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Havasupai

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Havasu Falls the evening we made camp.

Last week we took a five-day outing with Arizona Highways Photography Workshops to Havasupai in the Grand Canyon. The workshop was led by Suzanne Mathia and supported by Tyler, A.J. and Todd from Arizona Outback Adventures. It was a great trip with some excellent hikes, spectacular photographs, and lots of fun!

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Some little stuff

Tarantula

A Tarantula showing a little leg…

We did a little macro photo shoot a couple weekends ago, with plenty of interesting subjects to get a close look at.  OK, I confess… shooting flowers and butterfly wings bores me to tears.  Yes, they’re pretty and have nice detail, but the live stuff is much more interesting to me.  As a result most of my shots were of spiders and other bugs.  The lead shot hardly even qualifies as a macro shot since a tarantula is a pretty good size critter.  This one was about four inches across as he was posing, probably another couple of inches bigger if he was trying to go somewhere.  He was very docile, pretty much taking a nap which made for easy photographs.

Tiger Gecko

This colorful little guy was pretty cooperative.

The Tiger Gecko was a little more mobile and made for a little challenge for a good capture.  I decided to not worry about the tail going out of focus to get a natural looking shot.  It seemed more interesting than a view from the side.

Jumping Spider

He kind of reminds me of Oscar the Grouch on Sesame Street.

I would have never thought of a spider as being cute, but the Jumping Spider did have some personality.  It was quite animated and seemed to be almost posing for me.  It was quite fascinated with its reflection in the lens, and seemed almost puzzled by it at times.  The two large eyes in front which are its main vision are mobile, the other six eyes are apparently more for warning.

Northern Arizona/Southern Utah

Navajo Mountain overlooking Lake Powell

Navajo Mountain overlooking Lake Powell

Last weekend we took a trip up to Page for a workshop with LeRoy DeJolie.  While the main purpose of the trip was to shoot some slot canyons, the entire area is beautiful.  Rather that try to capture it in words, I’ll just let a few of the photos speak for themselves.

Just east of the Waterholes Canyon

Just east of the Waterholes Canyon

Vermillion Cliffs near the "Toadstools" hoodoos

Vermillion Cliffs near the “Toadstools” hoodoos

Morning at the Vermillion Cliffs

Morning at the Vermillion Cliffs

Inside the lower Antelope slot canyon

Inside the lower Antelope slot canyon

Horseshoe Bend where the Colorado River does a 180.

Horseshoe Bend where the Colorado River does a 180.

Another formation in the Lower Antelope

Another formation in the Lower Antelope

Entrance into the Lower Antelope slot canyon.  You wouldn't think there's much underground to look at it.

Entrance into the Lower Antelope slot canyon. You wouldn’t think there’s much underground to look at it.

Flagstaff Weekend

Flagstaff Meadows

Flagstaff Meadow

The Missus and I recently spent a weekend in the Flagstaff area shooting some landscapes during the “Mountains and Meadows of Northern Arizona” workshop put on by Arizona Highways Photography Workshops.  This particular workshop was run by Shane McDermott, a Flagstaff landscape photographer. 

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