The Canyon…

You know, the Grand one? Wow. You know it’s breathtaking when it leaves my mom speechless (love you!). But really, she is like the Energizer  Bunny…

I digress, Mom wasn’t even on this trip. Though coincidentally, she was there three days after us and I KNOW she was speechless, it’s just that kind of place!

My photos barely scratch the surface of its grandeur. Perhaps if it hadn’t taken me to the last day to remember the panorama feature. (D*amn it Jennifer, know your gear!) In any case, even WITH the panoramic shots, it’s still a difficult place to capture. A lot of times I found myself taking out the camera, only to put it away and just take it all in, like a mental picture. Click.

I do have to praise the quality of the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 for a minute. This being a backpacking trip, with six days on the trail, there was no way my dslr was making the trip. The lighter the better, camera gear included. I did a lot of research in the months prior and found this particular mirrorless model to fit my needs best. It did not disapoint. Crisp images, great color. It took me very little time to post-process these images, which is always a bonus!

One other quick shout-out in the gear department before I get to the gallery…Huge huge HUGE! thanks to Jason Ledder at R&J Public Relations. He managed to find me a Gitzo Traveler tripod 1155 in the nick of time. I know…I’m carrying 30 pounds on my back and I want to bring a TRIPOD? Um, yea! The legs were (are) amazing and I am so grateful to him!

Ok, ok…you want to see photos…I get my long-windedness from my mother’s side :)

So close to NOT having this as our rental…she was awesome and was everything we needed…

Took a detour through the Red Rocks of Sedona on the way from Phoenix to the North Rim…

Hummingbirds at Red Rocks State Park, Sedona…

This next one is dedicated to my “pod mate”…

I had thoughts of posting this next one in black & white for an artsy look :) They look good both ways!

red rocks

Agave plant

Agave plant

Marble Canyon Lodge

The road to the Grand Canyon, North Rim

Kaibab National Forest…we were not at all prepared for the landscape here. We were expecting tall cacti and shrubberies, not tall evergreens and aspens…

Kaibab National Forest

The views from Swamp Point, Powell Plateau on top, Muav Canyon below…

Swamp Point, North Rim, Grand Canyon

A Scrubby Oak has a great view everyday of its life…

Scrubby Oak with a view

Again, Powell Plateau was not what we were expecting. The north/east side looked like this…

Meadows on Powell Plateau

The south/east side was more desert-like

prickly pear

 

Not a bad view for lunch!

 view from Powell Plateau

rocks of Grand Canyon

Yes, the remains of some creature…if anyone remembers my Cape Breton photos, this stuff fascinates me…bones on Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

plants of Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

, so this isn’t quite the ledge we had in mind, but it was still “edgy”…Campsite, Powell Plateau

Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

This next shot is one of my favorites…thanks again for the Gitzo Mr. Ledder!nighttime on Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

nighttime on Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

nighttime on Powell Plateau, Grand Canyon

And so begins the North Bass Trail hike of our trip…North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

We loved this next campsite! It came at a much needed point in our journey, both on the way down and back from the river! I love the perspective of this shot. Our tent looks so tiny on the right…campsite, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

White Creek, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Prickly Pear, White Creek, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

There were times we’d come around a corner and I’d hold me breath waiting for a pterodactyl to fly by out of Jurassic Park… North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

We made it down!Colorado River, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Colorado River, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Thanks to my handy tripod, (did I mention it weighs only two pounds!), I was able to practice my slow shutter/ghost water shots :)Colorado River, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Not sure if they are laced with quartz or what, but the rocks down by the river were really cool!rocks at the Colorado River, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

I think I took a “flame” picture every night, and finally got this one successfully!Cooking at Colorado River, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Sunrise on the Colorado River, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Prickly Pear, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Bass Camp…old artifacts from William Bass’s time exploring the river…Bass Camp, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

I call this next flower (the one on the left) Desert Rose. Mainly because it has hidden thorns…Wild flowers, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

I know, MORE Prickly Pear? But it’s shaped like a heart :)Prickly Pear heart, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Puddle reflections, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Oasis campsite, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

After 6 days wearing the same gear, it was nice to be back at our “oasis” to hang things on the rock shelves to dry…Oasis campsite, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Reeds, Oasis campsite, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Wild flowers, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Oasis campsite, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

I credit Steve (ok, HE credits himself!) for this next shot, since he “tamed” the little guy for me…Lizard, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Dragonfly, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

“American Gothic Hikers”…we really were happy to have accomplished the trek, just exhausted!American Gothic Hikers, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Boots, North Bass Trail, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Most nights, we were in bed at sunset due to exhaustion. I made sure to stay up to try my hand at night skies. There are a ton of stars to see…this was my best attempt. I needed a few more minutes to really get a sense of the star trails…Starry night, Swamp Point, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Dragon Valley, a pitstop on the way to the Grand Canyon Lodge…Dragon Valley, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Dragon Valley, North Rim, Grand Canyon

And you wonder why we were happy to have a Jeep!Point Sublime Road, North Rim, Grand Canyon

I love this smile :)Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Happy refreshments…Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim, Grand Canyon

And a very welcome sight!Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim, Grand Canyon

The ‘Lil Lassos (please read that more than once, or out loud, to get the full effect!) play the Saloon nightly…

The Saloon, Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim, Grand Canyon

Sunrise and sunset from Bright Angle Point. You really can’t go wrong with either (yes, I was up at 5AM for sunset! Does this make me a Pro Photographer or what?!)Sunrise, Sunset, Grand Canyon Lodge, North Rim, Grand Canyon

I saved the best for last. We stopped to eat our leftover pizza at the Navajo Bridge in Marble Canyon and got one more look at the Colorado. It’s been decided, we WILL raft down it at some point in our lives!Colorado River at the Navajo Bridge

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