The Grand Canyon

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I had been to the Canyon at least a dozen times, all on family or school trips.  However, for whatever reason, I had never seen either a sunrise or sunset here, and worse, had no photographs at all.  That's what happens when you take a place's proximity for granted, I suppose.  This time, and with my wife coming along for her first ever visit, I decided to stay for a sunset - and take plenty of pictures.  It started out a partly cloudy day, but by late afternoon, bands of rain moved in.  I couldn't believe that the south rim, now mostly closed to private traffic and totally dependant on park bus service did not even have as much as a single roof overhang or shelter for weather events, even at the bus stops.  I wonder where my $25 entrance fee is going...? 

Each time rain passed us by, we ran under trees and held plastic bags over our head to keep as dry as possible.  We eventually positioned ourselves at Hopi Point, the best place to view the changing colors of the canyon at sundown.  I was a bit worried about missing the sunset with the continuing rain when suddenly, a break appeared on the horizon and not only were we rewarded with a gorgeous sunset, but treated to a series of brilliant single and double rainbows! 

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double rainbow
double rainbow
rain bands
rain bands
View from Hopi Point
View from Hopi Point
single rainbow - view from Hopi Po…
single rainbow - view from Hopi P…
View from Hopi Point
View from Hopi Point
View from Hopi Point
View from Hopi Point
Grand Canyon
photo by: Sunflower300