09/01/2013

Sunday, day 2 of our trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

 

Desert View Drive

We got started a little late, it was after sunrise by the time we got to the canyon. We Decided to take Desert View Drive east from Grand Canyon Village. Our first stop was a lookout between Yaki Point and Grandview Point. Yaki Point does allow private vehicles. You need to take the free shuttle bus, walk, or bike to get there. From there we continued east on our journey. The photo below (photo info: 18mm, 1/25 sec, f/22, ISO 100) is from Grandview Point, a little before 7:30am.

Rays Of Light From Grandview Point - Grand Canyon Post

View from Grandview Point with Cape Final, Jupiter Temple, Vishnu Temple and the Colorado River in the distance.

Kaibab National Forest

After driving to Moran Point, we decided to head back west. On the drive back to Grand Canyon Village we turned south off Desert View Drive. The dirt road leads to the Grandview Fire Tower in the Kaibab Nation Forest. It’s a nice place to get a little farther away from the normal places that most tourist visit. A short distance from the turn off we pulled over to do a little exploring and enjoy the beauty of the Ponderosa Pine trees.  Shortly after exiting our vehicle we could hear the sound of a woodpecker. Below is a short video clip of a Three-toed Woodpecker. It is found in boreal forest and montane coniferous forest across North America. Because of its choice of habitat, it is infrequently seen by most people.

 

YouTube link to video.

Mather Campground

After returning from our morning trip, we checked out of our hotel room, and checked into the Mather Campground. From there we pulled into our campsite, unloaded our vehicle, and setup camp. While hanging out at our campsite, we noticed a couple of rock squirrels and chipmunks. Time to get out the 500mm lens! Below is our favorite capture (photo info: 500mm, 1/320 sec, f/8, ISO 400).

Squirrel On A Log With Bokay - Grand Canyon Post

A view of a Rock Squirrel from our campsite in the Mather Campground.

Grand Canyon Visitor Center

We have been to the Grand Canyon more than a few times, but we had never been to the Grand Canyon Visitor Center. So we decided it was a good time to go. The visitor center is near Mather Point. We soon found out that the visitor center and the Mather Point area is like the Las Vegas Strip of the Grand Canyon, it is where all of the tourist go. The visitor center is only a few years old. The center also contains a bookstore, coffee bar/cafe, bicycle rentals and shuttle bus stop. From the center we took a short walk to Mather Point. After fighting the crowds at Mather Point we took the Rim Trail to Yavapai Point, which includes a Geology Museum.  On the trail over to Yavapai Point we captured the rainbow photo below (photo info: 18mm, 1/200 sec, f/22, ISO 200).

Zoroaster Temple Rainbow - Grand Canyon Post

View of a rainbow from the Rim Trail between Mather and Yavapai Points.

Well, all good things must come to a end, and this is the end of our post for day two of our photo trip to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Will post day three soon! Adios!