After my visit to Petrified Forest National Park, in eastern Arizona, I drove west and then north to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, where I stayed for a couple of days. During that time, small forest fires broke out and distant thunderstorms showed up (it’s the summer monsoon season in the West and Southwest). I could see all of this from a small overlook perched just below the Grand Canyon Lodge.
I happened to overhear a visitor mention that he really liked the North Rim better than the South Rim because they could do so much more on the North Rim. I thought about that for a moment, and decided that he was correct. Granted, there are more stoppable view areas and more services and infrastructure at the South Rim. This, of course, means more people and more tour buses. However, for do-able trails that don’t require hiking waaaaay down into the canyon and then waaaay back up, I’d say the North Rim wins. In terms of beauty and great photography, both areas tie for that position, I think.
The North Rim is 1,000 feet higher in elevation than the South Rim, and it’s far more forested, sitting on the Kaibab Plateau. If you visit, then be on the lookout for a small bison herd that comes through the park along Hwy 67, and see if you can spot the beautiful and unusual Kaibab squirrel. I was lucky enough to see both, but only lucky enough to photograph the bison herd.
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Hi everybody! This morning, I woke up to find that the website to which I contribute articles and photos published a compilation of all of the 2013 articles written by myself and the other contributing photographer. There are photos and links to our complete articles for various photo tips, if you want to add to your existing knowledge base of photographic know-how.
Just click on the photo and you will be taken to the article.
And stay tuned for my Year in Review post with photos that I will publish this weekend.
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Woo hoo, folks! Check it out. You already know I write a monthly column for the National Parks Traveler website. Well, their 2013 National Parks Traveler Essential Friends + Gateways web magazine is out and my photos feature prominwently. Check out pg 10 (the Grand Canyon pic), pages 22 – 24 (those photos for the Glacier Park spread are mine!), and that full pg 26 photo of the Grand Canyon is mine! Ok, and aside from my photographic pride, this is a very cool magazine with lots of neat items and articles. Just click on the hyperlink to the magazine then click the “Expand” button to get a full-screen view of the magazine.
I’ve created an album on my website (via SmugMug) specifically for monochrome (mainly black & white) photos.
This photo is titled: Stormy Scene at Pima Point, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ.
That day at the park was amazing, with the weather changing every three hours from snow flurries to snow storm to clear sunny skies with fluffy white clouds to dramatic frowning stormclouds and rain showers in the distance. I felt really lucky to be standing in that spot at that time….and I was the only photographer there! Everybody else had high-tailed it back to the shuttle bus to try and make it to Hermit’s Rest before the storm hit.