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photoblog image A Gem of a Journey

A Gem of a Journey

 

It takes about four hours to get to the North Rim from Flagstaff - if you go straight

there, which we rarely do. Once on the plateau, the colors change from the rusty

reds and browns of the desert to the greens and golds of Ponderosas and Aspens.

The North Rim is perched above 8,000 feet in elevation. Being a thousand feet

higher than the South Rim gives it a very different ecosystem. The North Rim is a

Boreal Forest and can be blanketed in up to twelve feet of snow.  They close the main

road after the first snow fall, usually in October / November, until April / May- or

whenever it's safe to reopen. The South Rim is a Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, with

some Ponderosas and it's fair share of the white stuff, just not nearly as much.

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 12b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 56b.jpg

 

 

A Gem of a Journey

 

It takes about four hours to get to the North Rim from Flagstaff - if you go straight

there, which we rarely do. Once on the plateau, the colors change from the rusty

reds and browns of the desert to the greens and golds of Ponderosas and Aspens.

The North Rim is perched above 8,000 feet in elevation. Being a thousand feet

higher than the South Rim gives it a very different ecosystem. The North Rim is a

Boreal Forest and can be blanketed in up to twelve feet of snow.  They close the main

road after the first snow fall, usually in October / November, until April / May- or

whenever it's safe to reopen. The South Rim is a Pinyon-Juniper Woodland, with

some Ponderosas and it's fair share of the white stuff, just not nearly as much.

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 12b.jpg

 

photoblog image 2017 Anniversary Trip 56b.jpg

 

 

comments (20)

your first shot is a beauty, Elizabeth. the colours are set off nicely against the cyan sky.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Ayush! Another day in Paradise!
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 27 Nov 2017, 03:45
This is a Wow shot, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so very much, Ray!
The colours are just gorgeous E
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I agree, Bill! Thank you!
  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 Nov 2017, 04:29
Magnifiques couleurs de l'automne.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Always lovely, aren't they!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Nov 2017, 05:18
The contrast in the tree colours is very lovely, Elizabeth. How that road invites you to drive it
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Lisl! It's such a beautiful drive!
I am learning so much from you, Elizabeth, about this Great Wonder o the world! Thank you.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank YOU, Ginnie! I'm so pleased that I'm able to add something to your vast knowledge!
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 Nov 2017, 06:09
This looks like a very enjoyable drive and to see all those colours.
Fabulous pictures.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's one of my favorite drives... and in Autumn... Ahhhhh! Thank you!
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2017, 06:26
Oh wow! Such beautiful colours. I’m surprised you Aden it to the North Rim with such photo opportunities on the way.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks so much, Alan! It does take us a long time to get to the Rim... stopping constantly as you say! But we know it's not going anywhere, sooooo... smile
Bonjour Elisabeth
Que c'est beau de voir toutes ces couleurs dans une telle immensité ..Merci
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Hi there, Claudine! Thank you so much - I do love the golds of the Aspens!
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 27 Nov 2017, 07:04
Beautiful autumn colours -are the trees called Aspen?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't they rich?! Thank you, Philine! Yes... Quaking Aspen.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 Nov 2017, 07:20
Difficult to imagine that the famous canyon is situated behind these landscapes. Very different indeed.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It is well hidden at this point!
  • Chris
  • Not Nowhere
  • 27 Nov 2017, 07:34
I never knew this about the rims, those tree colours are lovely
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a fascinating place, Chris! Thank you!
  • gutteridge
  • Somewhere in deep space
  • 27 Nov 2017, 07:48
I really like the vanishing point effect in this picture Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Chad!!
Oh how I would love to travel through there, and interesting notes, I didn't know one side was higher up than the other.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: It's a fascinating place, Brian - full of surprises!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 Nov 2017, 14:58
What a contrast in colour!

Thank you for the information about this incredible part of the world.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it beautiful!
You're welcome - I find it just fascinating!
Great colours, happy days, Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thanks, Frank - Some of our happiest! XOX
I loved my trip to the North Rim, and was astonished by the green and golden forest. I went in late September. So good to see it again...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so glad you've been there - obviously many people opt for the South Rim. I'm really happy I can bring you some happy memories!
beautiful colours from the Aspens that contrast so well with the dark green of the Ponderosas Elizabeth...
i can understand why they would close that road during the winter... that valley would be just one great big field of snow....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Aren't the colors just beautiful?!
You are absolutely right about the field of snow!!!
I am getting here so late today. Please go to cbc.ca/natureofthings and check out the show on connective forrests, which features the world-wide boreal forest.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Oh, Mary! Thank you so much for the link... I can't wait to watch / read / learn when I have some time. Right now, it's late and I have to be up early - but I do look forward to this - thank you!
  • Steven
  • Chicagoland
  • 28 Nov 2017, 00:55
Gorgeous autumnal colors captured in these trees!! It's such an inviting PoV as the trees line the road.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you, Steven! This road really draws you in... it's a beautiful drive!

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