Sharing moments in time…

Grand Canyon – More from the Bottom


I thought I’d continue the description of our time in the Grand Canyon with a few scenes from near our campsite.  The first  shot was actually taken just after breakfast from our camp – the rising sun lit the western wall of “our” pocket canyon turning the upper rocks a vivid reddish orange.  We had been watching as the moon slowly sunk toward the top of the canyon and marveled as it approached this notch in the rocks….it was almost as if someone had planned it….

Morning Moon

Morning Moon

After breakfast, we hiked to Mooney Falls – the largest in the area at about 200′.  We descended down an almost vertical path which became a cave within the rocks.  We navigated through a variety of steps, footholds, and even chains to provide something to grab on to.  Finally, at the bottom, we came back out into the open air onto a “ladder” of wooden steps.  It was kind of challenging but all in our group managed to get down without incident (and climbed out again later….).  At the bottom we were treated to this sight – I took this at a slow shutter speed to smooth out the falls but also managed to get a few “ghosts” as people moved around.  I also wanted to point out the incredible rock formations carved in the side of the cliff – it was amazing how much it looked like a sculpture.

Spray and Sculpture

Spray and Sculpture

We spent the rest of the morning and early afternoon exploring some beautiful slot canyons and enjoyed playing in the turquoise waters of the pools and falls formed along the stream.  Here’s a photo of our friend Ellen trying to catch me catching her…..

Photo of the Photog

Photo of the Photog

Another magical day!

 

 

16 responses

  1. Great shots!

    June 4, 2014 at 7:41 am

  2. Wonderful, Scott. I am enjoying your trip!

    June 4, 2014 at 8:19 am

    • Kongo – happy to share it…more to come

      June 5, 2014 at 2:10 pm

  3. Fantastic shots, Scott. I never made it down there and it looks magnificent. Next time, we’ll make the trip 😉

    June 4, 2014 at 8:46 am

    • Marina – Its definitely worth the effort. Pretty amazing environment.

      June 5, 2014 at 2:07 pm

  4. Steve Deutsch

    very striking pictures. morning moon is great.

    June 4, 2014 at 8:48 am

    • Steve – the moons stayed up for a long time in the morning so it was pretty easy to get a decent shot

      June 5, 2014 at 2:13 pm

  5. Carole Widick

    Great shots…I like the ghosts.

    June 4, 2014 at 1:52 pm

    • Thanks Carole – I do also – although unintentional, they add to the “ethereal” feel of the shot…

      June 5, 2014 at 5:56 am

  6. Loving these Canyon shots Scott,especially the slow shutter speeds,looks like a great trip.

    June 5, 2014 at 5:22 am

    • Ross – It was a great trip. I bought a new lighter tripod to carry for just those shots. I guess today is the day we hear about the bear trip……

      June 5, 2014 at 5:54 am

  7. Terrific !
    No other words..
    Ciao Scott !

    June 6, 2014 at 10:13 am

    • Max – thank you so much! I am really happy to be able to share these travels with you!

      June 6, 2014 at 12:38 pm

  8. Great pictures of the waterfall… thank you for sharing.

    June 17, 2014 at 9:53 pm

    • My pleasure Nina – thanks for stopping by!

      June 18, 2014 at 8:47 am

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