|A view from the Lodge dining room!|
The North Rim of the Grand Canyon had always been my dream..so it's a good thing I started my trip there..as the government shutdown kept me from proceeding to the South Rim..Thus, there will be no blog, the sequel..Grand Canyon South Rim. Can't say it wasn't exciting to be a part of government incompetence..
|Of course there were magnificent views, it's the Grand Canyon!|
|Wooly Aster, Corethrogyne filagnifolia|
|Sky Rocket, Gilia Aggreegata, var. Arizonica|
|Quoth the Raven.."I am not a wildflower"|
|Did I mention beautiful views?|
|Indian Paintbrush, Castilleja integra|
|Bitter Weed, Helenium amarum|
|Golden Rod..I am a complete failure at further ID..|
|That view again.. plants cling to life in the most awkward places..|
|A Yucca case in point..|
|The trunk of a living tree|
|Forest fire on the South Rim.|
The highest elevation on the North Rim is at Point Imperial..8, 803 ft. As you climb to this elevation..you pass through the Boreal Forest, 8,200-9,200 ft. The dominant trees in this forest are the Quaking Aspen and tall pines such as the Engleman Spruce, and Douglas fir..
|Quaking Aspens recovering from a forest fire.|
|Colors of recovery.|
Views from Point Imperial
The day I left the North Rim, on my way I had hoped, to the South Rim, a Steller's Jay finally posed..in the parking lot. The forest Jays had been uncooperative. Steller's Jays and a Red Headed Woodpecker were life-birds on the North Rim.