Aspens with their new summer leaves in the Kaibab Forest.
Sunlit view from the North Rim. (Click to enlarge and see The Colorado River.)
Landscape near Lee’s Ferry.
We entered here for a seven day raft trip when the kids were younger. I will never forget the sound of the rockslides in Marble Canyon at night,
or the lizards doing pushups by my sleeping bag when I woke in the morning.
Cheers to you from the resident chuckwalla~
Grazie mille დ
I haven’t visited the Grand Canyon in a long time. It’s such a spectacular series of formations; completely jaw dropping, and your photos of it are so beautiful.
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Lynette დ
Wow, that view down from the North Rim is absolutely breathtaking!
Thank you very much. I love The North Rim დ
Wow! Those place names remind me of Edward Abbey’s book The Monkey Wrench Gang. And your photos are gorgeous. I’m going to have to get off my butt and plan a trip to the area!
That book was so impactful, like a more radical Rachel Carson. Abbey, like Rachel, was prescient on so many levels დ
Desert Solitaire is also a wonderful book. He had some great ideas about how national parks should be run. I don’t think they were taken up, however.
That is a shame isn’t it.
Beautiful country dear lady, and I love the lizard doing early morning pushups. I bet he was next to you snuggling your lovely energy overnight, it can get lonely in those isolated places 😂 🤣 ❤️ 🙏🏽
Laughing….. At least he didn’t get IN my sleeping bag! 😉
Yes, that would have been a shock 🤣
An adrenaline shock to wake you promptly in the morning.
Mother Nature stuns. Thank you Sheree დ
She never ceases to surprise us Cindy
Magic. Pure magic.
Yes. The canyon is such. Thank you Jim & take care დ
The lizard is the best of all.
Very nice post and pic.
Thanks much & cheers დ
Fantastic captures, Cindy. Isn’t it the most amazing sight? And your own pet dinosaur!
Thank you Jon. He was a friendly little chap!! 😉
Happy you enjoyed & thank you Elvira დ
The views are absolutely gorges. And it’s good to see the push up king. Lol! ⃛(❛ั◡˜๑)❤️❤️❤️🌈🌈🌈
Laughing……Lizards are diligent with their daily exercise!!! 😉
Astonishing photos. I particularly like the Horseshoe Bend … and the lizard of course.
I love that you like Lizzy! Thank you Margaret დ
Lizzy? You’re sure s/he’s not Leonard?
Nope, not at all. He does look a bit like a Leonard doesn’t he!
Looks like a trip of a lifetime!
Mother Nature working her incredible magic. დ
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You are a wonderful friend Sharon. Sincere thank you! დ
Fantastic images! Congratulations!!👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻
Thank you very much! დ
It takes my breath away! Wonderful captures Cindy 💐🙏💕
So appreciated Val. Thank you დ
Beautiful views of one of nature’s wonderlands. Like most people, I’ve only been to the south rim. Lizard doing push-ups by your sleeping bag? No thanks. Have fun!
Thank you Frank. The Holler is lizardville. They do pushups all the time on our window screens! დ
Love the lizard picture. Just the expression on his face – so cool!
Lizards are definite people watchers. What they are thinking about us is probably good to not know! 😉
Sometimes not knowing is absolutely better.
Nature at her most stunning!
Yes. And she is the master of stunning დ
Wonderful photos of a beautiful region. Most people prefer the South Rim, but I’ve been to the North Rim twice and like it better than the crowded South Rim.
Thank you and we are in complete accord. დ
Awesome images of a fantastic place.
Thank you very much Michael დ
Most welcome. My pleasure Cindy.
WOW, Wow, and WOW!….. Loved those views… The rockslides I would imagine a little unnerving at times… And glad we don’t have lizards when camping in the UK lol… 🙂
Sending love <3
Thank you very much Sue. The rockslides were unnerving, but oddly thrilling at the same time. It was pitch dark and you would listen to them rumble around you like the canyon was alive. დ
🙂 <3 quite and experience I would imagine.. 🙂 and I can see why also thrilling at the same time.. 🙂
The kids loved it to no end. დ
🙂 Oh to be a Kid again lol…. 😉 but then we are all children at heart LOL 🙂 Enjoy your week Cindy <3
We are indeed and it is the best part of us. Stay well my friend.
You certainly have been to a lot of beautiful places Cindy! Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos and fun musings. 🙏
Thank you more for appreciating them Brad & cheers to you my friend დ
Horseshoe Bend bears a face
Horseshoe Bend bears a face – is from Derrick
Fascinating. I see it now! დ
Excellent photos. What can one say about the North Rim except UNBELIEVABLE.
Thank you. I love the less crowded North Rim დ
Happy you enjoyed Peter დ
Fantastic rock formations! And I love that lizard. I can just hear him saying, “What’s up, Doc?”
Smiling. He was clearly a poser! 😉
Beautiful captures Cindy! 🌹👏
Grazie mille Cindy დ
You’re so welcome! 💖
Very awe inspiring Cindy! You go to very interesting places!
Are you familiar with the largest canyon in the solar system?
Valles Marineris is not just the largest canyon on Mars, but at 4000 km long, 200 km wide and 10 km deep it is the largest in the entire Solar System.
Thank you Wayne. I have heard of it, but I didn’t know any of these fascinating facts about it. The rover should go take some photos of it დ
Jolies photos!!! 🤩
Merci beaucoup mon Ami დ
There is such incredible beauty in this world! Thank you, Cindy, for sharing some of it. 😍
You are so welcome Michele. Thank you for seeing and appreciating დ
Wonderful dramatic scenery.
Merci beaucoup mon Ami Diana დ
Any water at this point is beyond precious. The dryness is legion and so sad დ
Those lizards would be a bit too close to me…… otherwise what a beautiful area! Amazing nature!
Indeed! How big was the lizard? And what a stunning array of shades of green, red, blue, and gray. Sometimes you don’t need to look to the sky to see a rainbow!
Rainbow canyons are special. Chuckwalls are about 20 inches long, but very stocky and weigh up to two pounds. They blow themselves up like blowfish when predators try to pry them out of cracks and crevices.
Absolutely beautiful area and spectacular photos, but I gotta say I’ll remember that lizard exercising as much as anything else!
Definitely. I only found out later why he was doing it, either defending territory or communicating. Not sure either was reassuring!
It’s a whole different world on the canyon floor.
It absolutely is. Sleeping at night above the roar of the biggest falls you are going to raft through in the morning definitely gets your full attention. დ
Stunning photos of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River.
Grazie mille Rosaliene & cheers to you დ
Such an amazing national park… excellent landscapes, Cindy!
Much appreciated Eliza & hope all is well with you დ
Yes, thanks… Happy 4th!
Visa versa 2UX2!
Spectacular photos. The Aspens are gorgeous in the fall. I’ve only seen pictures. Did you visit Williams, AZ?
Yes we have been there several times. It’s on Route 66. დ
Fantastic photos!! We are visiting the South Rim! 🙂
How wonderful! Enjoy yourself & thank you Kevin დ
Oh wow!!!! Beautiful
Much appreciated. Thank you & cheers დ
I’ve always wanted to see Horseshoe Bend for myself. I’m curious: was there a long line of people wanting to take that iconic shot?
No not at all. There is not one view spot buy many. There were people. It’s summer, but it wasn’t a problem and it wasn’t jammed. Everyone could stake out places and swith them. I have been off season when it was empty დ
The pictures just reminds of the real experience when you actually there, You feel really small and grand view you experience. Oh, the little guy did the exercise near you sleeping bag would freak me out though 🙂 But that is cool once you get over that 🙂
Exactly. It was a combination of awe, fear and joy. Like life on steroids დ
Beautiful photos! I hope to get there some day.
I hope you do & thank you! დ
So beautiful (love the wee lizard). I can’t imagine the actual scale of the site, but it’s gorgeous.
The Granyon is huge, not just deep, because it has all these tributary canyons spreading out from it. Happy you enjoyed Gigi & cheers დ
Stunning photos as always though it appears there is very little river left of the Colorado. That’s one big lizard. 😉
Very true. River and Lake levels are so low. The lizard was a big, but friendly guy! დ
Thanks for taking us with you to the marvelous Grand Canyon, Cindy. Outstanding photos of a truly majestic place.
Thank you Jet. You are such fun to travel with! დ
I love the pretty landscape.
Happy you do & thank you! დ
Love that photo of Horseshoe Bend, Cindy! What a grand place to visit — safe travels, my friend … and Happy Fourth!
Happy Fourth Debbie and thank you for your very kind words დ
I would have freaked out to see that lizard outside my tent! lol.
Beautiful country, though. I bet the raft trip was exciting 🙂
Well, we had no tents. Frequently we camped on rock ledges. There is no place to peg a tent. We slept in the open with the critters! It was a very memorable trip დ
Simply Wow! There are no words for this overwhelming landscape!
Stay safe, dear Cindy!
Thank you Martha. I have been so enjoying your festival posts. You stay safe and well too my friend დ
Stunning photos, Cindy!
I hope this river is in as good a shape, as it is gorgeous!
I see so many stories about Lake Mead drying up. Are they connected?
Oh yes. They are connected. Lake Mead is about to reach deadpool status. All of the southwestern US is under extreme drought conditions. You can see the toll everywhere with heat, fires, sick trees and marked reduction in bird and wildlife numbers. California is worse in every category except for bird numbers დ
Ah, now I understand Cindy. Your previous post where I could feel ‘wrong’ everywhere was the drought. It didn’t click. We’re getting flooding everywhere again over here in Oz, up to 400mm in two days, I’ll send some across ❤️🙏🏽
Sorry to butt in Resa, but your comment answered something that was puzzling me no end. Thank you, it is very appreciated 😀
It is sad and has been going on for so many years now. So many dead and dying pine forests, practically no birds in Colorado, wildlife not present as normal, eveything feels depleted, dry, ready for fire. All the lakes and rivers are way too low. Insects are way out of whack and in far too large population numbers. There are plagues of hundreds of thousands of moths on the north rim. They creep through screens and under doors at night. Some kind of strange spider that is not endemic is wrapping large birds up in spider webs and eating them. I have photos to prove it, but no source I found can explain it. The only bird eating spiders are not supposed to live anywhere near here.
Wow, that is terrible Cindy, it is all crazy. Everything is so out of kilter. And that spider is something else. We’ve had a mite that has slipped into Australia that is now wrecking all the bee’s across the country, all it takes is that out of balance time to really change things. I’ll pray for some rain dear lady, and a few spider eating birds 😀❤️🙏🏽
Thank you my friend. I appreciate it. I am reading a book about Oz right now and thinking about how much I want to go back….
Then welcome aboard dear lady, it is the biggest island in the world so come with plenty of time, digital storage and a hat if it’s summer 🤣❤️🙏🏽
Yes, I want to come back for a third go round!! I was there when covid was just starting, and wanted to return as soon as I left.
It does that to you doesn’t it, always something further on or around the next bend. And so many landscapes or birds and animals. Whatever you decide dear lady, bring plenty of time with you 😀❤️🙏🏽
So scary… sad even….
Keep posting. We need your pics to show us what we will be missing…like tomorrow! xo
Thank you Resa.
Envy you the raft trip… I preferred the north rim back in the day… 💞
Just read the previous comment. How horrid to learn of the horrific effects of the drought… picturing what Lake Mead (and the other reservoirs) must look like these days is enough to bring on nightmares.
It is horrific. I haven’t posted photos. They are disturbing. Thousands of moths crawling through the screens and large birds wrapped up in spiders webs.
I am a definite northy too….. დ
Every image a visual delight! Thank you, my friend.
You are more than welcome Sheila. I am happy to delight you my friend დ
That’s pretty much the definition of epic landscapes. It must have been an epic experience.
The Grand Canyon does personify the word epic. Thank you Dave & cheers to you დ
A cherished memory of my time in America – the grand canyon is magical in every way! Beautiful pictures, Cindy, especially of the horseshoe bend.
I am so pleased to trigger happy memories and am happy you have experienced this magical place my friend. Thank you დ
What a breathtaking vista! Thank you, Cindy.
Thank you more for your appreciation Jennie & cheers დ
We didn’t drive to the North Rim on our return from California last year because that day woud have been too long, but we did go and see Horseshoe Bend.
That is is the nature of travel and life isn’t it. One can try, but one can’t possibly see everything. It’s the trying that makes the joy დ
Your posts are beautiful. I thank you for sharing. 🙂
I tried to leave a comment, on your site, or six. I couldn’t do it. Please know, I know, you are brilliant დ
How spectacular the colors and starkness of this landscape! Horseshoe bend takes my breath away. <3
Red rock country is very special. I am happy you enjoyed Jaya and thank you დ
That Lizard was unexpected. It made me smile.
Smiling….. He made me smile too, and he hung around for a long time which I enjoyed დ
Absolute spectacular. God’s heaven. And had to laugh at your camping mate the lizard. <3
He was a friendly guy, albeit a bit unnerving! Hope all is well with you დ
Lol, not someone I’d like to wake up to, lol. Hanging in my friend. xx
Take good care.
Thank you very much დ
Kind of makes me wish I could sit in the middle of all that and just ‘feel’.
Yes!! The best way to take it all in. I wish I could beam you over დ
I keep saying beam me up Scotty but nothing happens
Something foul is clearly afoot. We know WP has glitches, but The Enterprise? Never. I suspect The Klingons are at work here.
Wow, some great shots there. A heap of thanks. Cheers. x
Thank you Joy. So very appreciated დ
Cindy, thank you for sharing these beautiful photographs!
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You are such a thoughtful person Charles. You make blogging rock! Thank you my friend & be well დდ
Ive never seen anything like this. Fabulous
So happy to show you something new! Take good care my friend დ
Not sure I’d like to find that big lizard next to me!
It took a little getting used to! 😉
I love all of this scenery!!! We visited Horseshoe Bend. Beautiful!
Thank you. I am so happy you have been here and experienced this დ
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Your thoughtfulness is sincerely appreciated. Thank you very much დ
Wow! Like another world! Very beautiful 😃
It is stunning country დ
If the UK airports 🛫 ever get their planes off the runways maybe I will be able to investigate such beautiful places 1st hand!
The USA airports can land the planes, sometimes, but there is no one to guide the planes to the gate, unload the baggage, clean the bathrooms, or direct the passengers. All of those people who held those jobs before covid have decided they have better things to do with their lives. I am very happy for them. Crisis does breed opportunity. If you do come to my more than troubled country, please let me know, I will pick you up at the airport, but I can’t guarantee we won’t be shot before we reach The Holler. All shooters at The Holler will be killed by the coyote packs. Wolfies and coyotes are good that way, they share 99+ % of their DNA and they don’t like people with guns დ
Good to know USA 🇺🇸 airports 🛫 are just as bad as UK 🇬🇧 ones! We’re obviously in good company 😉 I would love to come to your country, troubled or not. I have dreamed of such a trip since forever. The risk of getting shot (or stabbed) is increasing all the time here…but we don’t have any coyote packs to kill the perpetrators! More’s the pity! Can you lend us some of yours?!!😁
It’s wonderful. Enjoy them, from a safe distance. დ
Amazing, say the least! We hope to see these part of the country soon. 🙂
I hope you do! დ
No way! Is that a real lizard? I can’t believe it!
Smiling. He is real, and real curious დ
It looked gigongus though. I’d be scream and run away lol
Smiling. 😉 I get as close as they will let me! დ
Beautiful photography. I like your narratives also. 🦋
So kind and so appreciated Joni. Thank you დ
My pleasure your work is beautiful. 🦋🤗
Breath-taking view!! Hearing rockslides at night sounds eerie. Is that a gila monster?
Thank you very much Carmen. Yes, it was eerie. I was hoping it was gila monster. I have never seen one, and they occupy space in my mind growing up in the southwest დ
I don’t know what it is exactly about the views of this marvelous geological formation that makes them endlessly fascinating, but I sure can stare at your photos all day long! 😍 That lizard neighbor of yours is a dapper fellow. LOL!
There are reasons I keep blogging. You are at the top of the list. დდ
Beautiful pics…I’ve been to the Grand Canyon, but my photos are no match to yours.
So kind of you to say and so appreciated too. Thank you & cheers to you დ
Fantastic photographs. I never miss an opportunity to view all your collections.
I am honored and humbled Daniel. Thank you so very much დ
Paesaggi spettacolari e bellissimi, molto apprezzati.
Sei molto gentile Silvia. Grazie di cuore e abbi cura di te! დ
Sono meravigliose le tue pagine, cari saluti
La tua premura è così apprezzata. Grazie amico Silvia mio e stai bene დ
Grazie del gradito pensiero, che contraccambio di cuore