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Marble Canyon Sunset

The setting sun shines some light on the narrow opening of Marble Canyon in Northern Arizona. These images and more are available for purchase as downloadable files or prints at Dawn2Dawn Photography

 

 

 

 

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Zion Sunset

Rays from a setting sun accentuate the many ridge lines at Zion National Park, Utah

 


Dramatic Grand Canyon Skies

Passing monsoonal rainstorms appeared throughout the three days I spent at Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona. These images and other recent photos are available as prints or downloadable files at Dawn2Dawn Photography.com    Word Press members receive a 25% discount with the code WP2016.

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon near Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

The sunlight passes through storm clouds producing sunbeams over the Grand Canyon near Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon near Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon near sunset as seen from Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon near Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon near Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon and produce sunbeams near Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

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Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon as seen from Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon as seen from Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon as seen from Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

Storm clouds pass over the Grand Canyon as seen from Timp Point, Kaibab National Forest, Arizona

 

The setting sun shines some light on the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona


The Long Road To And From Toroweap

Half the fun of photographing a special place like the Grand Canyon is the drive and adventure to get there. Especially when it’s a remote location such as Toroweap. The drive from Southern Utah into Northern Arizona presents some classic western scenes along the highway where I could picture John Wayne mounting a Calvary charge. (He actually filmed some great movies in this area).

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

On the road to Arizona’s Grand Canyon at Toroweap.

 

A storm appears on the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

A storm appears on the road to Arizona’s Grand Canyon at Toroweap.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

A field of blooming Indian Paintbrush.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

A Red-Tailed Hawk flies into stormy clouds at the desert envirornment of Northern Arizona

A Red-Tailed Hawk flies into stormy clouds at the desert environment of Northern Arizona.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

You can drive up to 45 MPH on this stretch of dirt road.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

About 20 MPH here.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

About 2 MPH here. The last couple of miles are on something resembling a road.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

Zero MPH.  I actually decided to back up here. When you’re 70 miles from the nearest town, you don’t take chances. This was at the end anyways.

 

On the road to Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

On the way back, I almost ran into a deer. For some reason, I couldn’t get my Ford Ranger out of 4-wheel drive low!. I tried everything to do so. So I drove home totally in 4-wheel drive, very slowly. A few days later and after  talking to my mechanic, I was able to disengage the 4-wheel drive by driving backwards for about 75 feet. Something to remember.

 


Grand Canyon At Toroweap

Another visit to the remote Toroweap  area of the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona. You must negotiate a 61 mile dirt road to get there with the last couple of miles treacherous. (See future post on the road to Toroweap)  You stand on the edge of the rim and look straight down to the Colorado River, some 3,000 feet below. I wasn’t so daring on  this trip as to get too close but these photos, a time lapse video and a video coming shortly may give a sense of the area.

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona’s Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

There’s someone laying down to the right.

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

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Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

 

Arizona's Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park

Arizona’s Grand Canyon at Toroweap at Grand Canyon National Park


Remote Marble Canyon

Marble Canyon is that canyon that precedes the Grand Canyon. It’s a tough opening act but Marble Canyon is spectacular if not as grand.  Marble Canyon is actually part of Grand Canyon National Park. John Wesley Powell gave it it’s name even though there is no marble in the canyon. He thought its walls looked like marble.

I approached the rim of Marble Canyon last week from a road that few venture on. It’s a decent dirt road off Arizona Highway 89A. On my BLM map, it’s road 8910 and you take it about 25 miles to get to the canyon’s edge. When I camp at the upper elevations of the Kaibab National Forest in the summer, I look straight down towards Marble Canyon. From above it is a sharply defined rupture in the earth’s crust. The landscape is very flat leading up to the edge. But when you get to the rim, your breathe is taken away. You look straight down to its bottom and the Colorado River.

A backcountry road leads you through the Kaibab National Forest to Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Road 8910 leads to remote view points of Marble Canyon.

 

Kaibab Camping Spot_0519I camp from the top of the Kaibab Plateau above and have a birdseye view of Marble Canyon. But you need to be at the rim to see the bottom.

 

Rays of sunlight light up the desert landscape around Marble Canyon near Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The Colorado River has carved Marble Canyon just before The Grand Canyon in Northern Arizona

From Saddle Mountain.

 

Storm clouds develop along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

You have to reach the very edge of the rim for these views.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

Looking towards The Grand Canyon.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

 

A thunderstorm passes along Marble Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.

From a side canyon of Marble Canyon.

 


What’s Black & White and Snow All Over?

Images from winter at Zion National Park and surrounding area. All were converted to Black and White. Color images will follow soon!

 


Moonrise At Sunset

Some images from last week while the Full Moon was rising at sunset in and around Zion National Park, Utah

A full moon rises over the rim of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park,Utah

A full moon rises over the rim of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park,Utah

 

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The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on a mesa in Southern Utah

 

A full moon rises over the rim of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park,Utah

 

The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on the sandstone walls of Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

The sun sets on a mesa in Southern Utah


Fall Colors Invade Zion Canyon- Part 1

Like an army of ants, autumn colors made its journey through Zion Canyon the past few weeks.  Cottonwoods, maples and scrub oaks are the trees that provide the display.  Its just too bad that the colors don’t stay longer.

 

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, UtahAutumn colors at the foot of Angel’s Landing

 

Fall colors have arrived along the Virgin River in Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

Fall colors line the Virgin River in Zion Canyon.

 

The sharp autumn sun sets on the sandstone walls at Zion.

The sharp autumn sun sets on the sandstone walls at Zion.

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Cactus grows up on the steep canyon walls at Zion National Park, Utah

Even the cactus looked like they were changing color.

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah

 

Fall colors have arrived at Zion Canyon at Zion National Park, Utah


Stormy Point Sublime

Point Sublime,  on the North Rim of The Grand Canyon offers one great vista of the canyon and surrounding area. The storm cell images are those that ravaged Southern Utah on Monday causing death and destruction. As I experienced, these cells roll very fast over the landscape and you better be prepared to take cover. I had my vehicle close by and felt secure. With all the monsoonal moisture we have experienced this summer, the depths of The Grand Canyon have really greened up.

Thunderstorms pass through the Grand Canyon at Point Sublime at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Storm cells pass through the Grand Canyon at Point Sublime at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Thunderstorms pass through the Grand Canyon at Point Sublime at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Thunderstorms pass through the Grand Canyon at Point Sublime at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

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Storm cells pass through the Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

Thunderstorms pass through the Grand Canyon at Point Sublime at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

A storm cell moves toward the South Rim of The Grand Canyon at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

 

Foggy Grand Canyon from Point Sublime at Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

 

The walls of the Grand Canyon get green after recent rains

 

The Colorado River winds through the Grand Canyon as seen from Point Sublime.

 

 

The walls of the Grasnd Canyon get green after recent rains