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One thing to remember when shooting a dramatic sunrise or sunset is to look all around you, including the exact opposite direction. Most people are so fascinated by the sun rising or setting over the horizon that they could be missing the best part of the show taking place right behind them. Such was the case while I was watching sunrise at Yavapai Point at Grand Canyon National Park’s South Rim in northern Arizona. I captured a couple of quick shots of the sun itself once the it was immediately above the horizon and then went against the masses to an overlook roughly 30 yards or so west and was all alone in catching this dramatic scene, leaving behind dozens of people staring into the sun that had already come up.
After getting a bit of a late start from Phoenix, I realized that despite visiting the Grand Canyon over a dozen times, I somehow don’t have many good shots from there. Since it’s only a four hour drive from there, I decided to make that my first destination on my way back to Jackson Hole with the specific intent to get some sunset, sunrise and even a few night shots. Sunset left a little to be desired and I’m still debating the moonlit shots, however sunrise definitely didn’t disappoint and was a great show! The canyon walls lit up nicely shortly after the sun came up and watching them glow in the sunlight was especially nice to see.
Havasu Falls pours over a 100-foot cliff into turquoise pools on the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon.
Another from Havasupai in the archives. This one is of the more famous Havasu Falls, one of the most photographed waterfalls in the world. Havasu Creek pours over a 100 foot cliff into spectacular turquoise pools in the midst of a high desert canyon. The area now, however, looks nothing like this. Floods from the summer of 2008 have completely changed both the pools below and the waterfall itself. I’m hoping to make it back at some point to see the changes first-hand.
Mooney Falls is a 200-foot tall waterfall just one mile downstream from the more popular Havasu Falls. Both are located on the Havasupai Reservation in the Grand Canyon and sees heavy traffic due to the fact it’s a very desert atmosphere complete with massive red cliffs, prickly-pear cactus, cottonwood trees and plenty of sand. What makes it so unique is a beautiful turquoise creek (that flow more like a river) running through the middle of it all. This photo was taken in 2007 and in the summer of 2008 there were some pretty intense floods that completely changed the way all the waterfalls look.
On a more personal note, I heard back from Canon yesterday about my camera and it looks like I’ll be without one for a little longer.
I just discovered that this photo is currently in the Favorite Places section of the April 2009 issue of Outdoor Photographer. The shot itself is from the Havasupai Indian Reservation in the Grand Canyon and this particular waterfall, Havasu Falls, is one of the most photographed in the world. Yet before visiting for the first time I had never seen a night shot of it, so I set out to do one and this is what I came back with.
Sunrise breaks through storm clouds to light up a few ridges of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona.
Finding a secluded spot somewhere on the Rim Trail of the South Rim is the best way to watch the sun rise on the Grand Canyon. Most people are still sound asleep, much less walking along the rim, leaving you to enjoy one of the most amazing moments in the day all to yourself.