A few more shots from a Grand Canyon trip a few years ago. These were taken in the Bright Angel / Yavapai area which in on the south rim. I have been to both the north and south rim, both are fantastic. During the winter months the south rim is the safer bet as the north rim gets closed due to weather often. The first one is a hummingbird that was right on the edge, it was a very sketchy to even get a shot so it is not the best shot (but I still like it 🙂 ) I heard it before I saw it, I thought it was a big bee or wasp at first.. Hummers are so cool to watch. The second and third shot are in an area that you can see the Colorado river running through. With my most powerful zoom lens, I could see white water rafters riding down the rapid sections. And the final shot is a gorgeous prickly pear cactus in bloom. You can eat just about the whole thing. The flowers are edible and the cactus is too (with a little work) The prickly pear has many different uses, it is pealed and deep fried like french fries. They taste like deep fried green beans. They are mainly pressed and the nectar is used for everything from prickly pear magaritas to barbecue sauces, to soaps and facial products. The nectar is tart, but I have grown quite fond of it. The Grand Canyon is definitely a sight to behold, it is breathtaking at times. If you haven’t been there, you have to go before you die. Put it on the bucket list and put a big star next to it.
This shot was taken on a trip to the south rim of the Grand Canyon a few years ago. This was early morning right after sun rose in the distance. No matter how many times I visit the Grand Canyon, it always amazes me and I see new things.
I have looked at pictures of the Grand Canyon for years and always thought they looked pretty cool, but didn’t really move me much. A few years ago some friends asked me if I wanted to go to the Grand Canyon with them on a vacation trip. I almost didn’t go, because I didn’t think it was that big of a deal. I am so glad that I changed my mind and decided to go. If you haven’t been there yet, the first time you walk up to the rim it will literally take your breath away. It was absolutely amazing and awe inspiring. You cannot get even close to a real perception of how expansive and how deep it really is. In the last photo, that thin blueish crooked line is actually a pretty good sized river (loaded with some incredible rapids). We spent several days on the south rim, most of it near Bright Angel area. There is also much more than the canyon to see and take photos of. The wildlife is plentiful and varied. One sunny morning I was bent down taking a macro shot of a prickly pear cactus when my subject was darkened by a shadow. I initially thought it was a jogger or walker that had walked up and was watching to see what I was doing. I was quite shocked when I looked behind me and it was a full grown bull moose! Luckily he was in a good mood and just walked away. If you get a chance, you owe it to yourself to do it. It is one of the wonders of the world.
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