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Stormy drive through Northern Arizona

I drive four hours, each way, to shop when living on the North Rim during the summer.  And during August monsoons that can mean a stormy drive with the sky an ever changing show. Rain along SR89 Arizona Along the Painted Desert I can see a storm coming from far away. Rain Painted Desert SR89 Arizona And of course I see the storm while it’s dumping on me. Stormy sky over Vermilion & Echo Cliffs SR89 Arizona Still rather gray approaching the Vermilion and Echo Cliffs. Stormy sky over Colorado River from Navajo Bridge Marble Canyon Arizona A dry stop at Navajo Bridge shows more storm across the sky. Stormy side mirror view SR89A Arizona

But continuing towards the Kaibab Plateau I seem to be leaving the storm behind. House Rock Valley SR89A Arizona With almost clear sky over House Rock Valley. Clouds over the meadows SR67 South Kaibab National Forest Arizona Then hard to say if it will stay away once driving across the meadows.  Almost home.

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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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Thinking Organic garden

All these GMO food issues has me wanting to grow my own organic garden, which starts with organic seeds.

organic tomatoes, cilantro & lettuce

Has to be small, maybe 3-4 containers.  Cherry tomatoes, mixed greens and cilantro would be perfect.  Having a fresh salad nightly when you live 85 miles from the nearest grocery store would be a delight.

table, mesh and grow

Yet because I live summers at Grand Canyon National Park I have to enclose my garden both so the critters don’t eat it and so as not to spread non-indigenous seeds.  I can easily make a table.  Thinking bent wire over the top and connected to boards that can be C-clamped to the table.  Plus easy to roll up when I need to move in the spring and fall.  And the containers will stack together. Please feel free to give this brown-thumbed gardener suggestions.

Will you have a garden this year?  Will it be organic?