Wednesday, March 29, 2006

GRAND CANYON

Well, it's been cloudy and/or raining and/or snowing since we arrived, and I haven't been able to get the classic Red-Canyon-Against-Crystal-Blue-Sky photos. What I have gotten instead is mist, light, shadow, and muted pastels. I have also gotten wet and cold, both shooting photos and training. Yesterday I did my scheduled hour-long bike ride in wind, rain and sleet. The day I ran was not bad, 45* and cloudy. The issue I hadn't counted on is elevation. 7,000 feet. I've had to back way off in intensity or I feel like I'm suffocating. But I'm hanging in there.

This is a rock fomation I love. Totally amazing to think of the erosional force of water creating something so intricate.


















Light on spires between the clouds.

In the distance you can see a rainshower moving in.


And today, in between snow squalls, a small patch of sun pierced through the mist down into the depths and painted this, down low in the canyon.

Today all day there were snow squalls, sleet, hail the size of BB's, and thunder. High temp was 36*F. Snow accumulated to an inch or so several times, melting in between. Tonight temps in the 20's are expected. Tomorrow, though, is supposed to be better. Next week is really supposed to improve. That's good; Steve and I want to hike some of the trails down inside. My 85-yr-old mother from Maryland is here this week, so we're mostly doing things we can do via shuttle bus and wheelchair. She can walk, just not far, especially at this altitude. She is really enjoying being here.

8 comments:

*jeanne* said...

GORGEOUS photos. Who cares they aren't what you expected? They're AWESOME!

Rachel said...

that rainbow is something else.

jessie_tri_mn said...

Wow, beautiful photos!

That high altitude training should be good for you when you come back down to lower elevations!

Madame La Blog said...

Ooh, lovely shots, especially the rainbow. What sort of camera do you use?

Vickie said...

Wow! How beautiful. Too bad the weather is so wintry. But you probably don't mind, since you had summer all winter! Have fun!

E-Speed said...

lovely pics, esp considering the lack of sun!

last time I was at the Grand Canyon we were snowed in basically. You couldn't even tell there was a canyon there!

Cliff said...

Last pic is amazing...

Fe-lady said...

Thank you thank you! So glad your mom is enjoying herself also! Makes me "homesick" for the Canyon...glad you are going down in to enjoy "her"! :-)