on the way up to the South Rim, here we got our first taste of
fall colors on Humphries Peak. The top in the clouds is 12,600
above sea level.
On the south rim
of the Grand Canyon, the night before I went across. The rain
was so hard that day and when the sun came out at sunset, we
had a bright fragment of a rainbow in the canyon.
Close up with the
Final shot. The
trail was a mess, full of mud, rocks and washouts. Made for slow
going the next morning!
The next day, after
I traveled across. This is inside the North Rim Lodge. Everyone
is looking out the picture windows at the scenery.
View of the North
Rim Lodge from a side trail. You can see it overlooks the canyon
because it is built right on the edge.
Hiking on a trail
east of the lodge, that we took the above photo, you can look
into the canyon and see the top most layers the next day when
the air started to clear of moisture.
Same trail, about
a half a mile from the Lodge. The sun came out, and we had beautiful
shots for the rest of the day!
the trail another quarter mile, you can look back and see the
side canyon that branches off the north Kaibab trail that takes
you to the top.
and you can see the faint tint of a rainbow here from the same
Those red patches
on the far rim are big patches of blood red maple trees turning
thier fall colors.
well East of the Canyon enterance, we found this back road site,
where we collected many very nice fossils. Ive posted many shots
of what we found here on our Paleo site.
On the way back
out from that site, there was an old tree with a huge 4 foot
tall California Condor sitting in it. This is with the 400mm
drive east, about 10 miles from the Canyon enterance, we find
the golden changing aspesn amidst the dark green tall pines.
This combines the
layers of colored forest with a foreground of white limestone
in ledges. No fossils were found here, but there was a nice blue
More fall colors.
The aspens change for only a few weeks then the leaves falll
off. This happens in early October every year, and that is why
we do the Canyon run at this time.
of Kaibab limestones with layered forests in full color behind.
At about 20 miles
out, we usually stop here every year to see what animals and
water birds we can find at this pond.
On another side
road, we find the golden aspens leaves first thing in the morning
with dew drops still on them.
The close up of
the dew drops form tiny lenses on the leaves.
find an aspen that is orange in color. Here is one rare example.
It is one in a million!
A nice hike down
a side canyon leads us to a very seldom seen vista of more amazing
geology not seen nearly this closely from the main Park.
Close up of maples
from the same spot. These trees are full size and give you a
sense of scale.
inside the side canyon from the hiking trail.
Dawn shoots the
awesome vista with her camera too!
we find a nice stand of aspens for a portrait.
And more leaves
with dew drops in that same forest. But now with moss.
Along the same
trail, a select few have seen this canyon vista.
Upon leaving, we
found a burned area with a very rare purple fire bush growing.
Down the road,
the views are spectacular. And we are NOT in the park.
Finally, the next
days it is time to leave for home. The Vermillon Cliffs are spectacular
Jurrassic formations on the way to Marble Canyon.
So we decieded
to pull off and take a good number of close ups of the Navajo
sandstones and cliffs.
More cliff close
ups with the 400mm.
Parked at a look
out for the vista.
sign for the cliffs.
One last look before
heading to Marble Canyon.
where you cross the most narrow part of the colorado river to
get to the south side.
the canyon on the old bridge.