Tuesday, June 4, 2013


Ongtupqa is the Hopi name for the Grand Canyon.  The Hopi are one of eight tribes that inhabited or still live in the vicinity of the Canyon.  The others are Navajo, Apache, Yavapai, Hualapai, Havasupai, Zuni, and Southern Paiute.

I won't go into the history, geology or archeology of the Grand Canyon.  You can read all about it here and here.  Suffice to say that its designation as one of the seven natural wonders of the world is well-earned.

When you go to the Grand Canyon and you are a photographer, there are two things you have to see: sunrise and sunset.  Due to technical difficulties, we missed the sunset, but did manage to capture the sunrise on our second day there.  We had woken up to take Pandora out, and realized that if we left within a few minutes, we could be there in time.  And we were.

After sunrise, we went back to the hotel for breakfast and forty more winks.  As we left the parking lot, we saw that we had some company.

A small herd of elk were grazing by the side of the road.  I think we saw about eight or ten altogether.  Definitely one of the highlights of the trip.

Later on, we drove back to the park, where we decided we would walk the Rim Trail from the Grand Canyon Visitor Center and Mather Point to the Grand Canyon Village and the El Tovar Hotel where we had dinner reservations. 

These images don't even come close to doing the place justice.  You just can't imagine the scale until you've been there.  My dream is to go back to the North Rim and take the guided tour down to Havasu Falls.  Someday....

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