Archive for January, 2013

Rainbow day at the grand canyon

January 28th, 2013 | Category: Arizona

Today I took a quick trip to the Grand Canyon with my friend Chris for a few short hours on the south Kaibab trail to Cedar ridge, a 3 mile round trip with an 1800 foot elevation change.

Because of the weather and season, we had the place almost completely to ourselves.  The canyon is often at its best during inclement weather; just be prepared, and rewards will follow.  We geared up for ice, but this time didn’t need the spikes – days of rain had left the trail a muddy mess, making hiking poles very appreciated. The weather was perfect for a hike – cool, humid, and not too sunny, with sweeping bands of rain,snow and hail that caused constant stunning rainbows.  These images have not been enhanced, other than using a polarizer on the camera.

Total refraction satisfaction!

I’ve never seen rainbows that were so close and intense; they were clearly in btween nearby rock features.

Here’s one that is slightly behind a nearby spire:

It was Chris’ first time at the canyon.