PFTA: Squirreled Away

Back in 2005 when i was working at the Grand Canyon South Rim,  I would walk to and from work when the weather was good.  Sometimes I would run into some wildlife.  While walking home one afternoon, I came across an Abert Squirrel.  They are distantly related to the famed Kaibab Squirrel on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  At one time they were the same species; however, being separated by the Grand Canyon for thousands of years, they have evolved into unique species.  This little guy was playful and didn’t mind posing for his cameo.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

PFTA: Grand Canyon Bird’s Eye View

Today’s Photo From The Archive comes from the Grand Canyon.  I took this in 2005.  You may be wondering how on Earth I took a photo of the Grand Canyon, looking straight down at the Colorado River with the South Rim Village off in the distance.  Well, I wasn’t on Earth when I took this photo.  I was sitting in the back seat of a helicopter on one of the arial tours of the Canyon.  For someone who has a hard time with heights, it was actually a pleasant journey, and something I’ll never forget.

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Enjoy,

Kelly

Grand Canyon Revisited

On Tuesday, I was able to take a day trip to the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.  It was absolutely amazing!  It’s over 8000 feet above sea level there, it was a nice 74 degrees, breezy, and sunny.  The first destination was Point Imperial.  While there, I was able to get some shots of Mt. Hayden.CRW_1360

After lunch, we went for a walk through the forest towards the park boundary.  Along the way, were some great views of the Canyon, and off in the distance, you can just see Navajo Mountain.

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Along the trail, there were Ponderosa Pines, Quaking Aspens, and all kinds of shrubbery.  Speaking of Quaking Aspen,  they are currently changing colors!  They are absolutely gorgeous!  Take a look:

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Frequently the trail meandered through glades of these trees, and it was very peaceful to be there and enjoy nature.  The smell of decaying leaves, which is the smell of fall, was relaxing and brought to mind thoughts of cooler weather, tranquility, and joy.

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On the way back to the parking lot, this was the view of the fall colors:

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It was an awesome view!  Just to see acres upon acres of fall colors was just absolutely refreshing!  The rest of the afternoon was spent enjoying the view of the Canyon from the North Rim Lodge while enjoying a good book and just soaking up the sun.