In the autumn of 2012, we headed off for another extended US road trip. Our ultimate goal was Austin, Texas, for the inaugural Formula 1 US Grand Prix, so naturally we flew into… Wichita, Kansas. And headed west!
Two weeks, 5500 miles (yes, that really does say five thousand five hundred miles), and seven states later, we finally arrived in Austin. Along the way we’d encountered some pretty amazing things (you can follow the whole trip starting here).
But perhaps the most amazing of all was seeing the Grand Canyon full of smoke, from rim to rim, thanks to some controlled burns taking place in the National Park.
You have been warned!
Not convinced the photo on the sign was really taken here!
Looking south from Bright Angel Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon
Early morning at Bright Angel Point
With some friends at Roaring Springs Canyon
The same spot above Roaring Springs Canyon an hour and a half later
Smoke dissipating over Roaring Springs Canyon
Source of the smoke: one of the prescribed fires still smouldering
Job done: the controlled fires clear away the litter layer, partly to prevent a worse, unplanned fire, and partly to feed nutrients back into the soil
The combination of the lingering smoke and the setting sun as we left the National Park that evening was particularly beautiful
This post was inspired by the theme Fire/Summer, from Cee of Cee’s Photography.
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