Look and listen. It’s hard to improve on a Grand Canyon sunset with Symphony of the Canyons.
Every August since 1995 the Kanab Symphony performs at the North Rim’s Grand Lodge. Made up of members both young and old, pharmacist Kortney Stirland has led musicians from Kanab and surrounding communities for 25 years entertaining around the world.
Here’s a clip of Amazing Grace played at the North Rim August 2013.
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Knowing the road would be closed the next day I rushed out after work to experience and photograph the last sunset of the season from Cape Royal, a most excellent viewpoint of Grand Canyon from the North Rim.
Not even taking time to change clothes, I threw a pink top on with my green uniform pants.
Turned out not to be the best disguise as I’d sent several visitors out there ahead of me so they knew I am a Ranger.
No matter, this sunset put on a Grand show for everyone.
And I hung out to the very end.
Yes, it’s a bummer that visitors and employees will not be able to drive to this overlook, but then roads do have to be repaved once in a while. Plus there are several other viewpoints still accessible before the road closure like Point Imperial, Vista Encantada and Roosevelt Point where the road block is set.
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As monsoon season approaches clouds roll in over the Grand Canyon.
Sometimes making for a colorful…
…yet soft sunset.
Rangers get paid in sunsets.
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It’s been almost a month since the beginning of the season at the North Rim Grand Canyon which opened May 15th.
What little snow there was is gone, the forest is very dry, the temperatures feel like summer and the visitors have arrived.
Ralph the Ranger Dog
All the Ranger programs are running and Junior Rangers are earning their badges.
The birds are out and about…
…along with the squirrels.
Claretcup Hedgehog cactus
Cliff Spring trail
A wonderful time to go for a hike.
Watch sunset from the Grand Lodge.
Hope you’ll come for a visit.
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Last week marked the rise of the full moon and the first Supermoon of the year. I knew just where I wanted to go for photos of the moon rise over Grand Canyon.
So I got an nice early start and drove out to Cape Royal. The sky was a typical Arizona blue when I first arrived.
I set up the tripod and focused in on the spot where the moon would rise. Even brought a compass along.
Played with the camera settings a bit.
Plus took a moment to capture the brilliant light reflecting off Wotans Throne.
Moonrise was to occur at 7:15pm, and I was ready. But had to wait a few minutes more because of the height of Cedar Mountain.
I wasn’t disappointed when that golden moon shone down.
And the bonus was a colorful sunset as well.
That big full moon smiled down on me.
And was so bright as to cast almost daylight shadows.
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My winter of play is over but that’s not so bad because I’m back at Grand Canyon where I work for the summer.
The North Rim doesn’t open until May 15th so the park is very quiet. A wonderful time to revisit old haunts without the crowds. So Saturday I went for a ride on the Scenic road.
Saw this wild Tom turkey and wondered if he was hiding in the park as it’s turkey hunting season in the adjacent Kaibab National Forest.
I’d never noticed this little window in the rocks below the Vista Encantada overlook.
No traffic meant stopping in the middle of the road for otherwise impossible to take photos.
The currants are already in bloom along with a few other flowers near the rim. Seems just a little too early for spring at 8200 feet.
Only a little snow left in the shadows.
But still a few pools of water on the meadows where I saw this lifer bird, a white-faced ibis.
It’s so nice to be back at Grand Canyon for the season. Hope you’ll come for a visit.
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