A grotto with hanging gardens and cascading falls, Deer Creek Falls is a 150-foot waterfall that is fed by a series of springs. It was a short walk off the main stream to reach this beautiful sight.
We went through over 100 rapids on the river, many of them Class 10. The Colorado River, as with several other big rivers in the West, use a scale of 1-10 to rate the difficulty of the rapids to navigate, with 10 being the most difficult. This is Hance Rapid, class 7-8. I disembarked before the rapid and walked downstream to a location where I could shoot the rafts coming through. This was not our craft coming through. It was one of the dories traveling parallel to us.
On the trail up to the Nankoweap Granaries, I saw a group of dead trees, very black in color. Behind these trees, the red face of the wall across the river made a beautiful contrast. So, while everyone else in our group continued up, I stopped and set up for this image. I framed it in different ways; this is the one that gives the feeling of the scene as I saw it — striking, dramatic, simple.
Through the next weeks, I’ll be taking viewers through the fantastic trips I’ve been taking around the world. I’m starting with rafting on the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon… 227 miles of awe-inspiring sights! I’m still trying to absorb all there was to see. Here are some samples…