|Grand Canyon National Park
The north rim of the Grand Canyon National Park has been long on the list of to visit. It is 8000ft
high and is about 1000 ft higher than the South Rim. It opens mid-May and closes in the winter. So
best to visit in the spring and fall.
From the grand 1932 rebuild Grand Canyon Lodge, either the sun room or balcony give an
excellent view of Bright Angel Canyon incised 11 miles into the plateau.
To Bright Angel Point is a short trail with great vista. What you hear in the background is the wind
amplified by the pines and the birds well hidden.
The 23 mile drive to Cape Royal is well worth the effort. Each stop along the way offered great
From Visitor Center to Bright Angel Point, Looking west:
Looking east, Uncle Jim Point, Bright Angel Creek on the right.
Bright Angel Canyon below.
Pine on the rocks. Trees and plants on the North Rim seemed healthier than South Rim, when I visited in 96'.
We took the paved road from North Rim Visitor Center north east, 23 miles to Cape Royal, enjoyed the
vista and the nature trail, then back track to Walhalla overlook, Roosevelt Point and Vista Encantada.
An interesting stone bridge with observation on top at Cape Royal.
Curving Colorado River passes through.
Currant, an alternative host of White Pine Blister Rust. Currants are actively removed where White Pines are
From Roosevelt Point
These are the young pine cones of Pinyon Pine, which is a collective name of several species of edible pine nut
producers. My mother showed me how to enjoy them by cracking the thin shell. I still remember the joy of
discovering it in a Sacramento Chinese grocery store many years ago. In more recent years she enjoyed the
shelled ones that I brought her.
Rock columns gave away by erosion too.
At Vista Encantada, many beautiful and interesting plants are found. Some I still need help identifying.
Cliffrose, Cowania stansburiana
Need help ID one: Thanks to Larry Jackson's ID: a Yarrow.
Need help ID two:
Also called Poison Delphinium,
all parts of the plant is fatally
poisonous, though such
To my painting students, no more arguments about pine needles.
Here is the perfect sample of how pine needles are stacked!