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.

Wild Weekly’s Photo Challenge – Unusual

 

Thanks for choosing my photo of the scuba diver in Exploring as Honorable Mention!  It’s a great honor!

I’m participating in the online adventure travel and photography magazine  Wild Weekly Photo Challenge for bloggers.  This week’s Challenge is: Unusual!

 

I want to start with some interesting cloud formations that are strange, yet beautiful.  The first two were taken in the desert east of Beaver Dam, Arizona.  The first was taken around late afternoon.

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It looks like a hand print from the sky!  This next one was taken later that day around sunset.  I was looking at the clouds when I took this photograph, but I didn’t see what was in the clouds until much later when I saw the image blown up.

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This really blew me away!  What is it? a bird, a spaceship? or just an odd cloud formation?  I never can tell.

There are also larger shapes in clouds such as dragons:

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This was in the desert near Navajo Mountain on the way home from Monument Valley.  And speaking of dragons, have you ever seen a fire breathing dragon?  I have:

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This was found in a burning stump during a forest fire near the Grand Canyon.  I don’t think it’s a relative of Smaug the Terrible.

 

Now let’s move on to Black and White.  The object of black and white photography is to show light and shadow.  Have you ever seen shapes in shadows, or clouds?  I certainly have.  Take a look at these:  What do you see?

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Do you see the profile?  The lighting has to be perfect to get shapes from lights and shadows, probably once in a lifetime.  Here’s a fun one as well:

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See the moose?  It’s not often you see a moose in the deserts of Utah!  In fact, they are not native to the area, unless you find them in the rocks.

Thanks for checking these out!  and Check out the other entries as well.