Thursday, May 27, 2010

I'm Not Saying It Was Cold.........

I'm not saying it was cold at the Grand Canyon. I actually slept really warm and only even zipped up my bag when it got into single digits.

I will say most of my family and friends thing I must be a bit off my rocker to camp out in that type of weather.

I really think it is part of the fun of a trip like this!

Here are a few images from my stay at the Grand Canyon to show you some of the snow conditions I camped and lived in.

Start off with my campsite. I had to shovel some of it out to get a flat tent pad. Ahhh, home sweet home.

Then how I found camp one night after a day of snow. Nothing like getting back to this after staying out past sunset in the cold to do star trails.

Having a four season tent was nice on this trip. My other tents are great tents but being mostly mesh with a rain fly, I just don't think it would have been as comfortable.

The Tent is a Sierra Designs Tiros that I got on a model closeout sale. It worked well on this trip in the wind and snow.

I brought the backpacking stove and cooked a few meals. As you can see, I had to not only dig a path to the pick-a-nik table, but I had to clean the snow off of it for a place to cook.

Without a doubt, and in all seriousness, one of the finest meals I have ever had! Talk about ambiance.

Finally an image I will simply title "cold call". Man , I am glad I have a Sprint wireless phone!

Friday, May 21, 2010

Arriving at the Grand Canyon

There are few things as spectacular as the first time you see the Grand Canyon. Even on subsequent returns it is truly amazing and takes your breath away.

Arriving there on a February afternoon I felt that awe all over again.

If you arrive from the eat the first sight you see is actually the Little Colorado River Gorge as it winds its last few miles before meeting the Grand Canyon. It is a great view and a place that has always intrigues me as a place that I really need to explore more.

Then one arrive at Desert View and the amazing views and incredible vistas begin. I arrived to find that there was snow along the rim but the canyon was snow free. The view was as "WOW" as always but the snow adds something to it.

Here is one of those views. This is of Bright Angel Canyon and the distant north rim. You can make out the snow on the rim. It might look like its a nice warm day but it was in the 20's when I took this from Yavapai Point.

It was only the beginning of the three best days I had ever seen at the Grand Canyon and that includes the excitement of being trapped and locked in at the North Rim in 2006 when the Warm Fire jumped the road to Jacob Lake.

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Published Article-The Everyday Camera

I had another article published on Nature Photographers Network on a take everywhere everyday camera.

The story covers my experience with my Panasonic LX-3 and also includes several images from the camera. Follow this link:

To see other articles I have written, follow the Articles link in the Labels secton on the left.