The following photographs were taken in late May 2004 at the Grand
As we aproached the Grand Canyon we stopped first at Navajo Point,
which gave us the best views of the
Colorado River we had.
This first one shows a good stretch of the River. It is about 1
mile down from the Rim. This is looking
North West -- the river flows west and south, but here appears to be
going North west..
This next shot is looking at the North Rim of the Canyon which is 1000
feet higher than the South Rim.
Navajo Point is one of the most eastern viewpoints along the South Rim.
Here is Dave at Navajo Point. The camera is pointed East toward
the end of the Park.
Here is another shot from Navajo Point looking North West.
The next day, we hiked along the South Rim Trail. Here is a
glimpse of some rapids in the Colorado
and the amazing variation in colors of the buttes and mesas within the
Often, we could get off the paved trail a few feet and stand very near
the edge to look down.
This view gives you an idea of such a place. The Canyon is so
deep it was impossible to
get a wide enough view so as to include the bottom and the sky on the
same side of the Canyon
in a verticle shot.
Later in the afternoon, I overhead a Park Guide telling a group that 12
to 16 people
a year plunge to their death at the Grand Canyon each year.
Some step off while
arranging photographs, but others stand near the edge which
unexpectantly breaks off.
We didn't know that yet, when we took this picture of Dave.
If you look closely you can see the big Lodge Building on the Rim just
left of center as well as the trail that leads down into the
canyon from the Lodge. The trail winds back and forth starting
near the center right and down behind the dead tree branches.
Here is me. I was also standing close to the edge. I was 6
days into a new permament, so forget my hair!
We were not the only tourists who hadn't heard about the dangers of
getting close to the edge.
Here are a group of children at an safely fenced overlook discovering
the Colorado far below. You can just see a little bit
of grean in the center left which is the river.
The Kaibab Trail also goes down the Canyon. You can see it going
down the red cliff in this photograph taken a bit further East.
A feature called Vishnu Temple is seen in the distanceabout 1/3 into
the photo from the left side. It has a knob on top.
Here is a view from the North Rim, which we visited the next day.
Vishnu Temple from
the North side.
Here is a general view again from the South Rim. There were red,
yellow and orange flowering
plants all along the South Rim Trail, as well as a number of blooming
Another View from the South Rim Trail again. One of the
challenges of photographing the Grand
Canyon is getting the horizon straight. I apparently missed that
this one goes a bit downhill to the right.
The Canyon reveals some 10 million years of geologic history.
On our 2nd day at the South Rim, we went to Hopi Point to watch the
effects of the setting sun
in the Canyon. Hopi Point is one of the best places to do
this. Here are a few shots to give you
an idea of the shifting colors and views we witnessed over a stretch of
about 2 hours.
In mid May, there had to have been 50 or 60 people all lined up taking
pictures for most the time I was.
A storm came up and it rained briefly to the East, but it stayed
beautiful at Hopi Point.
You can see Vishnu Temple in the Distance again.
Just before the sun set, it lit up the far Eastern end of the South
Rim. I spotted a couple on a cliff to the far right
enjoying the scene. As you can see the storm disappeared
That's all for the Grand Canyon. The next images will include
Bryce or Zion Canyon in Utah.
It might take til the end of August to get those posted.
Next: Zion National Park (Southern Utah 1)