Monday, November 7, 2011
Point Imperial Sunrise
This summer I was fortunate to be able to photograph the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. On my second sunrise I went to Point Imperial, the highest point on the Grand Canyon. Point Imperial is an amazing landscape with endless views of red sandstone mountains. Mount Hayden and its spire look like an ancient temple presiding over the canyon.
The North Rim is a fantastic place to visit. The North Rim is not a desert landscape. In fact it is a mountain forest reminiscent of the Rockies of Wyoming and Montana. During my visit, the wildflowers were just starting to bloom. Thousands of lupine and indian paintbrush decorated the landscape in a glorious manner.
The most bizarre surprise at the North Rim was the herd of beefalo that lived in the forests near the canyon. This herd is the descendants of a cattle and buffalo cross that was bred near the turn of the last century. Imagine buffalo with long steer like horns.
I was thrilled to be there for this sunrise. A few people joined me on the edge of the canyon, but I didn't mind sharing this incredible view.