We stayed in Page overnight after the afternoon shoot at Lower Antelope Canyon and the sunset shoot at Horseshoe Bend and that made possible a sunrise shoot the following morning at Lake Powell, prior to beginning the rather lengthy trek to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim later that day.
I must concede that my expectations for Lake Powell were pretty low. Had I been on this trip myself, I doubt I would have scheduled Lake Powell on the itinerary. I definitely would have missed something.
The lake itself is quite controversial, to put it mildly, given the environmental impact caused by the flooding of the magnificent Glen Canyon following the building and implementation of the Glen Canyon Dam. But the lake does offer some unique landscapes, and on the morning we were on site, we had a marvelous sunrise.
Just before the sun crested the horizon, we were treated to a truly marvelous light beam phenomenon, which seemed to pierce the sky.
When we finished at Lake Powell, we prepared for the long ride to the North Rim, by way of the Vermillion Cliffs area of northern Arizona. We stopped for a break at Marble Canyon. The mid-day light was predictably harsh, but I picked out a few long lens details in open shade, including what you see below, before we moved on.
We arrived at the North Rim Lodge area of Grand Canyon National Park around mid-afternoon and after dealing with some administrative matters, spent the late afternoon and early evening shooting at Bright Angel Point, which abuts the lodge. This was my first look at the canyon and I was appropriately awed.
The late afternoon skies were hazy, as advertised, and we weren’t treated to much of a sunset, but the views were still spectacular.
As dusk approached, the colors of the canyon changed markedly with the light.
There was a fairly heavy cloud cover on the western horizon, but every once in awhile the sun would peek through as it sank, creating some interesting spotlighting on the canyon’s features.
While no grand sunset would be in the offing on this day, we did get some nice skies and light before calling it an evening.
If the sunset had been less than spectacular–and this would be the case again the following evening–we would be treated to a pair of very nice sunrises before wrapping up the workshop, beginning with the following morning at Cape Royal. That will be the subject of the next installment.