|February poppies in the Superstition Mountains east of Phoenix|
Well all that changed when, on the last two days of the official winter season, mother nature decided to throw a doozy of a storm at the state. This resulted in lots of badly needed rain in the lower elevation deserts, while the northern half of the state got nailed with a good ol' fashion snowstorm. It was about freakin' time!
When I heard that the storm was heading our way, I decided to concentrate my efforts towards photographing the wintry scenes at the south rim of the Grand Canyon (the north rim is closed this time of year, so it was not an option). I had tried this once before last winter and came away disappointed...mostly due to my ill-founded plan to drive out there shortly after the storm let up to take in and photograph the wintry conditions. Being a newcomer to the area, I hadn't yet realized that Arizona's Dept. of Transportation commonly shut down the main roads between Sedona and all points north during major winter storms. By the time those roads re-opened and I finally made it to the canyon, I was greeted with mostly clear skies and rapidly melting snow. Definitely not what I had hoped for!
This time around I vowed to drive up to the south rim before the snow began and hunker down in the nearby town of Tusayan while the storm raged. This worked out perfectly as I woke up the following morning to nearly a foot of freshly fallen snow coating everything in sight. Woo hoo!! The forecast had the storm continuing on throughout the day with little visibility, but I wasn't about to believe that as it's been my experience that storms break up much earlier than what those highly paid weathermen predict. So when I drove to the canyon that morning, I was wasn't overly surprised to see that the storm was already breaking. Time to get to work!!
|Wintry morning along the rim trail near Yaki Point|
|A passing snow squall viewed along the rim trail near Yavapai Point|
|Golden Light on Shiva and Isis Temples|
Grand Canyon Winter Storm Gallery