Friday, April 12, 2019

Chapter 3: Like Wisps of Long Hair

My first photo of the Grand Canyon
The Grand Canyon is of course a single, immense geological entity.  But its appearance, character and spirit are ever-changing with location, time of day and - especially - weather conditions.  The Canyon is so large that it has its own micro-climates, influenced by but seemingly independent of those of its immediate surroundings. Aided by these meteorological forces of nature the Grand Canyon becomes a great geological chameleon possessing magical powers of transformation; a quick-change artist unfailingly resplendent in any of its adaptive guises.

Of course my fellow Wisconsinite, John Muir, said it best:
'Half a dozen or more showers may oftentimes be seen falling at once, while far the greater part of the sky is in sunshine, and not a raindrop comes nigh one. These thundershowers from as many separate clouds, looking like wisps of long hair, may vary greatly in effects. The pale, faint streaks are showers that fail to reach the ground, being evaporated on the way down through the dry, thirsty air, like streams in deserts.  Many on the other hand, which in the distance seem insignificant, are really heavy rain, however local; these are the grey wisps well zigzagged with lightning.  The darker ones are torrent rain, which on broad, steep slopes of favorable conformation give rise to so-called "cloudbursts"; and wonderful is the commotion they cause.' 
Next time in 'The Grand Canyon of the Colorado"- Chapter 4: Throb and Quiver and Glow

One of the most intense rainbows I've ever seen, and a more
understated companion.

Its going to rain

Storm over Desert View Watch Tower, South Rim

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