Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Prelude to Alaska - Spring Break: Day 4, The Grand Canyon

Today we went over to the Grand Canyon National Park by way of US89 to the vicinity of Cameron, AZ and the junction with AZ State Highway 64.  Almost 80 miles to the main visitor center of the Grand Canyon National Park.

We elected to enter via the East Entrance so that I could scout possible shooting locations for sunset/sunrise pictures should I decide to stay the night at the park and camp.  In the end, the crowds (with more folks arriving in the late afternoon to "catch the sunset"; and a review of the pictured I'd taken decided me against camping.

Here's in pictures, in roughly chronological order of viewpoints as I rode from the East Entrance of the park to the Main Visitor Center.

Note: You'll see it was an overcast kind of day, even so, the lighting was bright enough to "wash out" the colors of the canyon's rock formations.  I shot using "sunset" mode to bring out the colors and the warmth that the human eye could see.  I hope you like the pictures.

 The Watchtower near the East Entrance to the park

 Valencia at one of about three overlook sites where you can actually
get your ride in the shot. 

 On the way home on AZ State 180, a nice view of the 
San Francisco Peaks which are located close to Flagstaff, AZ

Once I got back to the vacation rental we're staying at, drained and put in new oil in the engine and transmission, along with replacing the final drive fluid.  This is part of the 22,500 Km maintenance service.

Previously: Prelude to Alaska - Spring Break: Day 3, A Windy April's Fool Day

There's four short videos being uploaded, once I have them online and "tweaked", will embed them into this posting.  Please subscribe to this posting to be notified.


Andrew Thomson said...

Fabulous photos! I need to visit one day...

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Andrew, am quite pleased with the way some of the pictures turned out.

Unknown said...


it is hard to capture the panoramic scene before you in a little rectangle of a photo.

We actually drove to the main area early in the morning in the dark and got there as the sun was rising, and watching the shadows that the sun was making. It was so quiet and it was like the world was waking up.

thank you for tweaking our memories

Riding the Wet Coast

SonjaM said...

Thanks for the memories, I have been there three times already... yet nothing changes ;-)

Lucky shot with Valencia close to the edge. Definitely my favourite pic in this awesome collection.

redlegsrides said...

Thanks Bobskoot, I went with videos for the pano views but having issues using the software to tweak them.

redlegsrides said...

SonjaM, glad you liked the pics.