July 18 & 19, 2017
Two days off work so I headed out to a favorite rim overlook to camp, see how the site would be for August 21st’s partial solar eclipse, and ended up with amazing sunset and rise skies during monsoon at Marble View.
Had several local friends ask if the ammo box under a pile of rocks was still at the end of the point. However, it’s a bit of a scramble and with storms and possible rain around I opted not to go for it and check. There’s a decent signal at Marble View so I did send some pics into the cyberworld, mostly from the phone.
It was love at first sight with this pinyon pine at Marble View overlook many years ago. A true survivor of many monsoon storms. It offers shade, counsel, and a fine view of Marble Canyon and Navajo Mountain.
I spent the afternoon watching the storms from different angles and in different directions. Used the tripod and tried for lightning. Sadly, my slow shutter finger didn’t capture any flashes. I wished for a lightning trigger.
Thank goodness for digital because I took 100s of pics trying to catch the lightning.
The reverse sunset was looking good. Then rain began to fall lightly so I set the tripod up in the camper door and continued to try and catch lightning by setting the timer for every three seconds over 30 shots. The light show was excellent.
The show continued and darkness set in when I finally got that long hoped for lightning shot, behind a tree.
I tried to figure out what the sun’s trajectory would be for the August 21st eclipse. Even though it’s only a partial here—starting about 9:13am, peaking at 10:33 at 73.4% and over by noon—I still want to see it, safely with glasses and filter. I won’t be able to get a landscape at the same time as the sun will be too high in the sky.
Surprised by the amount of growth after last year’s “pruning” I saw aspen trees already two feet tall and one foot for the New Mexican Locust.
Under the young yet larger aspen grew paintbrush, lupine, fireweed, aster, daisy, and more. The young aspen seem to dance with twists and turns in their trunks caused by the weight of winter snow.
This eastern view over Marble Canyon and beyond to Navajo Mountain is an easily reached location on the Kaibab National Forest. From SR67 between Jacob Lake and the entrance to North Rim Grand Canyon National Park, Forest Road (FR) 611 East, FR 610 South/right curves East and parallels forest and park boundary, FR219 North/left to end. About 14 miles of typically good gravel road doable by any vehicle if taken slowly. Space for four to eight camps. I’ve seen smallish camp trailers and motor homes. A fantastic place to disperse camp for free on the Kaibab National Forest up to 14 days.