Category Archives: Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon sunset with Symphony of the Canyons

Symphony of the Canyons North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona 2013

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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Last sunset of the season from Cape Royal Grand Canyon

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

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.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Not even taking time to change clothes, I threw a pink top on with my green uniform pants.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

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.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

No matter, this sunset put on a Grand show for everyone.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

And I hung out to the very end.

Sunset from Cape Royal North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

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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Beginning of the season at the North Rim Grand Canyon National Park

It’s been almost a month since the beginning of the season at the North Rim Grand Canyon which opened May 15th.

Park Ranger greets visitors at entrance station North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

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 in Visitor Center North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Ralph the Ranger Dog

All the Ranger programs are running and Junior Rangers are earning their badges.

Northern Flicker Cliff Spring trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Northern Flicker

The birds are out and about…

Rock squirrel North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Rock squirrel

…along with the squirrels.

Claretcup Hedgehog cactus Cliff Spring trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Claretcup Hedgehog cactus

Flowers bloom.

Cliff Spring trail North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Cliff Spring trail

A wonderful time to go for a hike.

Sunset from Grand Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Watch sunset from the Grand Lodge.

Late light on temples from Grand Lodge North Rim Grand Canyon National Park Arizona

Hope you’ll come for a visit.

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SWF–Rise of the full moon over Grand Canyon

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.

View from Cape Royal trail NR GRCA NP AZ

So I got an nice early start and drove out to Cape Royal.  The sky was a typical Arizona blue when I first arrived.

View from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

I set up the tripod and focused in on the spot where the moon would rise.  Even brought a compass along.

View from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Played with the camera settings a bit.

Wotans Throne from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

Plus took a moment to capture the brilliant light reflecting off Wotans Throne.

Full moon rise over Cedar Mt from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

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.

Full moon over Cedar Mt from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

I wasn’t disappointed when that golden moon shone down.

Sunset from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

And the bonus was a colorful sunset as well.

Full moon from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

That big full moon smiled down on me.

Moon shadows at Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

And was so bright as to cast almost daylight shadows.

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Our World: Back at Grand Canyon

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.

Closed gate at entrance station NR GRCA NP AZ

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.

Meriams turkey NR GRCA NP AZ

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.

From Vista Encantada overlook NR GRCA NP AZ

I’d never noticed this little window in the rocks below the Vista Encantada overlook.

Balancing rock & Wotons Throne from Scenic Rd NR GRCA NP AZ

No traffic meant stopping in the middle of the road for otherwise impossible to take photos.

Flowering currants along Cape Royal trail NR GRCA NP AZ

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.

Walhalla Plateau from Pt Imperial NR GRCA NP AZ

Only a little snow left in the shadows.

White-faced Ibis NR GRCA NP AZ

But still a few pools of water on the meadows where I saw this lifer bird, a white-faced ibis.

Freya's Castle & Vishnu temple from Cape Royal NR GRCA NP AZ

It’s so nice to be back at Grand Canyon for the season.  Hope you’ll come for a visit.

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