After a year and a half of no photo trips at all, I’ve been talking to my friend Gregg about a new photo excursion for 2012. We discussed going back to Arches and Canyonlands in Utah, and in starting to plan that trip, ended up adding Monument Valley, Grand Canyon and a few other places in northern Arizona. But the logistics of staging that long of a trip from Denver meant a LOT of driving time.
I’ve also been talking with another friend from Santa Barbara (Kash) and have been trying to coordinate meeting for a photo trip for years, but timing has never worked out until now.
So to make it a little less driving and a little more time on the ground, we all flew to Phoenix to start the trip.
Day 1 was at the Grand Canyon. We all got up WAY TOO EARLY in the morning and headed for the airport. We met at Phoenix at 9:30am, grabbed a quick breakfast, and then headed north. We had plans to come in from the eastern entrance and drive to Hopi Point (west of Grand Canyon Village), but never made it past Lipan Point. Based on an app (yes, technology) that shows us sun angles at sunset time, we figured that being on Lipan Point where the river curves to the north would give us the best light on the eastern walls of the canyon.
We played around on the cliffs at the end of the point, took some fun pix sitting on the edges, and basically just enjoyed sunset.
In the interest of just letting you see the pictures rather than having to read about it, here they are: