Page, AZ, is maybe 3 hours north of the Grand Canyon South Rim so we arrived there early Saturday afternoon to find temps close to 100. Fortunately we had reservations in a nice RV park with hookups (turn on the AC!). Very nice change after roughing it in GC campground with no hookups. That evening I took a ride east of town to see what light the crescent moon was putting on this rock formation. Just enough to show the mesa but not obscure the Milky Way! We decided that an early morning drive out to Lee’s Ferry and the Vermillion Cliffs on Sunday would be time well spent and it was. Lees’s Ferry and Navajo Bridge are part of the Glen Canyon Nat. Rec. Area. The rocks and cliffs are something everyone should see!Near Lee’s Ferry is Paria Beach so we walked down to the Colorado to see it closeup. On the beach were lots of tiny critter tracks, so even though the beach appears deserted there is obviously a lot of wildlife and activity there.
These flowers are over 4″ across, resemble giant morning glories but there grow on a bush and are a form of lily. Lee’s Ferry is the put-in for many of the river rafting trips and we got to see some crews preparing the rafts for launch later in the day. From Lee’s Ferry we drove along the Vermillion Cliffs and managed to capture a bit of the awesome beauty. On the way back at the Colorado River crossing we stopped at the Navajo Bridge information center. I had read that in 1996 Condors were brought back into that area but also figured my chances of seeing one were slim to none (but just in case I put my 100-400mm lens in the truck). Sure enough, there was a condor, sitting on a rock.We watched it for a loooong time and when it didn’t seem to have any interest in moving I went out on the Navajo Bridge (foot traffic only now) and took a photo of the Colorado which was very green at this site.
Finally the condor took wing and I managed to get a few images, none are spectacular and all are very cropped, but it’s there and we saw it!! Needless to say Donna and I considered the morning a great start to the day!
That evening I went out to a place just north of Page and over the border into Utah to see if I could get a few more night images. The moon was a bit higher and brighter, the Milky Way slightly less bright and the lights from Page add a golden glow to the horizon, but it was a good end to the day.