Jan 28

Rainbow day at the grand canyon

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.



7 Comments so far

  1. Gaelyn January 28th, 2013 10:15 AM

    Thanks for sharing the canyon with rainbows. I haven’t made it up there all winter and am now off to South Africa so won’t see it until I return to the North Rim this spring.

  2. Dan Greenspan January 28th, 2013 11:53 AM

    Thanks! I can’t say I feel sorry for you exactly… South Africa sounds like a great adventure!

  3. Rachel January 28th, 2013 1:13 PM

    Gorgeous! I am jealous.

  4. Bert January 31st, 2013 8:45 AM

    Spectacular pictures! Of course, we’ve come to expect no less of you.You were lucky that the weather was conducive to providing such an intense and complete color spectrum. Your interest in rainbows; does that relate to your work in spectroscopy?

  5. Kurt Fink August 6th, 2013 7:32 AM

    I would like your permission to use your Image 5483 rainbow in a church booklet being developed. It is a non-for-profit and we will give you full credit for the photograph.

    Please let me know ASAP.
    Kurt Fink
    2825 MFG Place
    Ashtabula, OH 44005

    Thank You

  6. Dan Greenspan August 6th, 2013 10:12 AM

    Kurt, thanks for asking, and yes you can use it.

  7. Kurt Fink August 6th, 2013 12:16 PM

    Thank you so very much.

    Great Photographs.

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