Feb 27

Stormy Winter Weather at the South Rim

Category: animals,Arizona

My father-in-law Bob hadn’t seen the canyon in years, so we spent an afternoon at the south rim.  The weather was variable; when we arrived it was sunny and warm, but within 25 minutes turned to cloudy, dark, and cold.  Soon it began to snow.

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A Raven presides over the incoming storm clouds.

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Clouds slide into the canyon; snow in the foreground.

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The San Francisco peaks – over two miles high and 90 miles away – float on the horizon over Grand Canyon Village.  Flagstaff is right at the peaks; they serve as a navigational point for the entire region.

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In this view from Hermit’s rest all the way at the western end of the south rim road, you can see the Hermit Trail descending to the river.

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An unexpected elk encounter.

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Bob’s hand next to a perfect woodpecker nest cavity.

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The view on the return drive: the San Francisco peaks lurk behind an ominous cloud cover.

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Moonrise over the Kaibab National Forest, south of the Canyon on the way to Flagstaff.

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  1. spleeness March 3rd, 2010 7:55 PM

    That last picture with the moon is incredible! Thanks for showing him such a great time, you went above & beyond entertaining and really gave of yourself. I appreciate it more than you know.

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