Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Grand Canyon!

So my friends and I drove to the Grand Canyon.  I have been here once before.  Twenty years ago my sister Joan, and Kathy and I brought my mom here, because she had always wanted to see the Grand Canyon.  So it was fun to see it again, even for a couple of hours.  

We got there in the middle of the day, which doesn't make for very interesting light, unfortunately.  But it is a spectacular place in any light.

We ended up parking near the El Tovar hotel, one of the classic grand old National Park hotels.  We mainly stayed within a short walk of the hotel, and walked along the rim.  I had to stop and photograph the canyon every 25 feet!

Some people really seemed to enjoy the canyon, and some people appeared not to be paying attention.

And of course everyone wanted their picture taken with the canyon in the background.  So I set up the self timer on my camera and we posed for a picture.  Whoops!  I never made it in time!

I saw this old timer sitting on the edge of the canyon, and after quietly taking his picture, went up to him and asked if he was  part of a performance or something.  He asked what I meant.  So I said, "Well, you are not dressed like the rest of us!"  Then he said: "Well, I am a train robber!"  "When the train comes to the Grand Canyon, we stop the train, and board it and rob people."  Or pretend to.  He looks as if he is left over from years ago.  He said it does it because it is nice to get out of the house from time to time.


Anonymous said...

Love the story of the train robber! So many wonderful memories of our trip to the Grand Canyon.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for posting these pictures. In any light, I love the Canyon. It's dramatic on its own and doesn't need help, but I understand from a photographer's point of view that certain times of the day, you can get pictures that are other-worldly. These are wonderful, too. I think if you've been there once, any pictures of this magnificent landscape take you back and suddenly, you're standing at the rim again, being blown away by nature. Be still my heart!

Ken Spencer said...

Thank you both for your comments and your recollections!

Anonymous said...

Love the panoramic shots! Spectacular views! Had a laugh @ the "train robber"...bsk