CLOUDS OVER THE CANYON [1972] (For Lynda, Pete, and Rosie)

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© Richard Knight
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Photo license: © All rights reserved

[From the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona, 1972; Minolta (35 mm) SLR, Kodak slide film]

If you were unfamiliar with “The Grand Canyon of the Colorado River,” you might not know that just below the clouds you see here is a free fall of ONE MILE.

The weather at the Grand Canyon is unpredictable. In early November of last year, thirteen JPGers left sunny Phoenix (80 F.) and drove north to the Canyon, where they encountered heavy snowfall and temperatures that dipped to near zero. (Their guide deserves a medal! LOL)

On this particular visit in 1972, Linda and I experienced the Canyon’s unpredictable weather when we encountered heavy rain BELOW our vantage point. (The observation deck on the left gives you a sense of the scale.) We lingered for two days, but the weather never broke. However, looking back over a span of four decades, we remember this little adventure as both dramatic and enjoyable.

As always, thank you for stopping by!

[Thank you, Frank, for your nominations!]

53 responses

  • Lynda Jeffers

    Lynda Jeffers said (6 Feb 2012):

    Thank goodness we didn't experience clouds like this when we went in November, although it is a great pic, it hides the wonders that the Canyon has to offer. We had the most amazing time with the snow and such wonderful friends. I miss everyone and can't wait to see you all again. Thank you for the dedication Dick, you were a great guide :-)

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett   gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    A hearty AMEN to all of the above! On a previous visit to the G.C., I can still recall people all but hanging over that rail at that particular overlook. NOT a wise move.

  • Roy M. Gunnels

    Roy M. Gunnels gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    It looks "otherworldly" Richard, beautiful scene.

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Wow! So glad that the snow stopped for a while to enable us to get a good photos of the canyon and the people who dares hang over the edge of the railings! Those are some of our fearless jpgers! It gives me the creeps and chills sometimes to think about it now. Great before photos, Dix!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    By the way, great dedications to our UK friends!

  • Iztok Urh

    Iztok Urh gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Very nice!!

  • daniele castellucchio

    daniele castellucchio   gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    excellent!!! excellent!!! excellent!!!!

  • Shirley Valencia

    Shirley Valencia said (6 Feb 2012):

    Richard, this is great... I am always in awe of the gorges....

  • Edith O'Dell

    Edith O'Dell gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Love it

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    You can bunge jump it Dick, one mile isn't far down..........LOL. Great scenery and such an informative narrative ☺

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Nice Capture!

  • Carlo Pagan

    Carlo Pagan gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Excellent shot!!!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    WOW!! I think the canyons must be incredible in any weather conditions. I have never liked snow but it was breathtaking there. I will never forget our trip. Great shot BB. A fantastic tribute.

  • Suzanne McGeady

    Suzanne McGeady said (6 Feb 2012):

    The viewing platform certainly gives the Canyon their enormous perspective. It's a long way down. You and Chris could do a tandem bungee!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins   gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Great photo. cool and cloudy! :-)

  • Betty Maxey

    Betty Maxey   gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    Wow.....what a shot but seriously, that is way far down!! Lovely tribute cousin! You are the master!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    One of your very best !!!!!

  • JanElle

    JanElle   gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    A truly memorable experience indeed to be viewing weather like that below where you are actually standing! This has such a rugged mystical quality about it.. an absolutely gorgeous capture!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen gave props (6 Feb 2012):

    The clouds are especially incredible...and I see all sorts of "faces" and even eyes in the formation...the "face" that stands out the clearest is in the upper left corner ...I felt almost hesitant to say that when it has not been mentioned by anyone else LOL Nice picture!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Magical.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Fantastic view of a rainstorm from above! A beautiful shot! You have always been a natural at photography! I believe you do deserve a medal for your courage and perseverence getting us to the park. I am not sure I would have done that on my own. Thanks for the great memories and photos.

  • Steven Schutz

    Steven Schutz gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Mystical...

  • Jüri Vissak

    Jüri Vissak gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    Well seen and presented!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (7 Feb 2012):

    mystical and magical. what a fabulous shot.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    spectacular shot!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield   gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    A free fall of one mile? There's actually STILL something free?? That observation deck looks like prime territory for my little people; I can't believe how tiny it is! It definitely gives scale to this incredible scene. I'm so glad that the November meet-up there included snow, but also some beautiful blue skies. Whether you had clouds and rain or the most beautiful day imaginable, being at the Grand Canyon is an adventure not to be missed.

  • Paperini Renato

    Paperini Renato gave props (8 Feb 2012):

    Spectacular indeed, seems to fly, memories Richard!

  • Ariani Utami

    Ariani Utami said (9 Feb 2012):

    Breathtaking...

  • Rosemarie Ouellette

    Rosemarie Ouellette said (9 Feb 2012):

    If only I could fly... Right now my acrophobia is kicking in, gotta go. Superb shot Richard.

  • Rosemarie Ouellette

    Rosemarie Ouellette gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    Perfect vantage point!

  • Patty Gross

    Patty Gross (Deleted) gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    Wow! Now that is a fabulous shot, Richard!! I get weak in the knees just looking at it. You really captured the weather as it was that day....cloudy! I would never be one of those hanging over the railing. I did good just to look at the photo, which is certainly an exceptional shot!!

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes   gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    Must add another WOW, my friend. So dramatic. Reminds me of an Asian painting. Love it.

  • Ann Reece

    Ann Reece   gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    Wow, this is breathtaking!!! I would love to spend more time at the Grand Canyon some day.

  • Merike Mäll

    Merike Mäll gave props (9 Feb 2012):

    minu jaoks väga huvitav

  • Gary Benefield

    Gary Benefield gave props (10 Feb 2012):

    this falls under the category of (wish I had taken it myself)

  • Cheryl Andrews

    Cheryl Andrews   gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    Stunning capture!

  • P. Michael Bodigor

    P. Michael Bodigor gave props (11 Feb 2012):

    That is one dandy photo, good work.

  • peggy maguire

    peggy maguire said (12 Feb 2012):

    This is so beautiful Dick !!!

  • Charles Rushton

    Charles Rushton said (13 Feb 2012):

    Very nice.

  • Margherita Bettinelli

    Margherita Bettinelli gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    very impressive!!!

  • Robert Sand

    Robert Sand said (14 Feb 2012):

    Well remembered.

  • Bruce Miller

    Bruce Miller (Deleted) gave props (14 Feb 2012):

    Amazing and stunning!

  • Bruce Wendler

    Bruce Wendler said (15 Feb 2012):

    Great conditions

  • Carl Kuntze

    Carl Kuntze gave props (16 Feb 2012):

    Beautiful abstract. A scene that should be painted.

  • Brad Paro

    Brad Paro gave props (19 Feb 2012):

    What an incredible view and excellent photo!!!!!!

  • Camil Seisanu

    Camil Seisanu gave props (19 Feb 2012):

    awesome work, my friend ! :)

  • sandeep mishra

    sandeep mishra gave props (20 Feb 2012):

    gorgeous

  • lowison

    lowison gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    Jurassic beauty!

  • Jen Mars

    Jen Mars gave props (23 Feb 2012):

    wonderful capture, great idea, I will have to go through my slides now!

  • eithne mythen

    eithne mythen gave props (12 Mar 2012):

    Magnificent sight...

  • Ken O'Brien

    Ken O'Brien gave props (31 Mar 2012):

    Awesome!

  • Lori Reece

    Lori Reece gave props (10 Apr 2012):

    It's hard to beat the beauty of the Grand Canyon...even if the weather is not ideal.

  • Eric Sayah

    Eric Sayah gave props (16 Aug 2012):

    Very impressive scenery!

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