Rays from a setting sun accentuate the many ridge lines at Zion National Park, Utah
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.
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).
You can drive up to 45 MPH on this stretch of dirt road.
About 20 MPH here.
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.
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.
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.
Images from winter at Zion National Park and surrounding area. All were converted to Black and White. Color images will follow soon!
Some images from last week while the Full Moon was rising at sunset in and around Zion National Park, Utah
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.
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.
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