Friday night we had a wild thunderstorm here at the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. The wind howled through the Ponderosa Pines. Thunder rumbled across the canyon, sounding like it would never end. Rain poured in buckets. It seemed like we had moved to a rainforest! On Saturday afternoon, it was all over, with the sun shining and a calm breeze. I decided to take a walk around my neighborhood.
That aspen tree fell right between those two trucks! I couldn’t tell if there was a car parked there when the tree fell or not. All the vehicles that I know are usually parked in that area were all accounted for, so hopefully no one’s car got smashed. What luck!
Those winds were blowing really hard to make that tree fall down. I am so glad that none of the Ponderosa’s fell where our trailer is parked.
These aspens and fir trees are growing along the road to the fee office. I love the trees up here–they are so different from the ones in Georgia.
The monsoon rains started around the first of July. It has rained almost every day since then. Most days, we have thunderstorms, but not bad ones. The rain has been very good for the wildflowers this year. I think next week I’m going to take a drive and get some more pics of the flowers out in the meadows.
When it is not raining, there are big puffy white clouds in a blue blue sky.
There is my home sweet home. We’re parked in the employee housing area amidst huge ponderosa pines.
Across the street is a great view of the Transept Canyon, one of the side canyons at the North Rim.
I walked on past our trailer, across the street to the trail that goes to the edge of the Transept Canyon.
After a good rain, all the dust is washed out of the air so you get a much better view of the canyon. This is the Transept Canyon with the Grand Canyon beyond.
I love how the sunlight plays on the canyon walls, and provides a different look throughout the day.
While I was sitting out there enjoying the view, the clouds started forming again, and I could hear thunder rumbling in the distance. I decided it was time to go home.
But I had to take a few more photos before I walked back up the path. This is a closer up view of the Transept Canyon wall across the way.
And as I headed back home, those dark clouds were gathering quickly, making me pick up my walk to a little bit faster pace. I made it home before the first raindrops fell, but I was more afraid of the lightening that comes with the storms.