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photoblog image Palisades of the Desert

Palisades of the Desert

 

Here, we gaze over the ridge called Freya Castle  7,299' (2,225m)

It is about 275 million years old.  In Norse mythology, Freya was

a goddess of fruitfulness and love.

 

Beyond her, is the Colorado River... 

"Too thick to drink, too thin to plow"

 

The colorful wall is the Palisades of the Desert -

marking the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon.

Where the southern edge of this cliff ends (on the right)

is where the Little Colorado joins the Colorado. 

Just right of this, is the South Rim. And if you squint

and look closely - you'll see a tiny little protrusion on the top...

this is the Watch Tower at Desert View, about a mile away.

Frank and I have both shown this before:

http://blueskys.shutterchance.com/image/2015/11/25/the-watchtower/

http://elizabeth.shutterchance.com/image/2014/03/17/watchtower-inside/

 

Above this, in the shadow of a cloud, is a little mesa called

Cedar Mountain.  At 7,061' (2,152m), it is a remnant of

younger rock formations that have been washed away

almost everywhere else near the Grand Canyon

by millions of years of erosion. 

 

I'll be without my computer again....  for at least a few days...

 

Palisades of the Desert

 

Here, we gaze over the ridge called Freya Castle  7,299' (2,225m)

It is about 275 million years old.  In Norse mythology, Freya was

a goddess of fruitfulness and love.

 

Beyond her, is the Colorado River... 

"Too thick to drink, too thin to plow"

 

The colorful wall is the Palisades of the Desert -

marking the eastern edge of the Grand Canyon.

Where the southern edge of this cliff ends (on the right)

is where the Little Colorado joins the Colorado. 

Just right of this, is the South Rim. And if you squint

and look closely - you'll see a tiny little protrusion on the top...

this is the Watch Tower at Desert View, about a mile away.

Frank and I have both shown this before:

http://blueskys.shutterchance.com/image/2015/11/25/the-watchtower/

http://elizabeth.shutterchance.com/image/2014/03/17/watchtower-inside/

 

Above this, in the shadow of a cloud, is a little mesa called

Cedar Mountain.  At 7,061' (2,152m), it is a remnant of

younger rock formations that have been washed away

almost everywhere else near the Grand Canyon

by millions of years of erosion. 

 

I'll be without my computer again....  for at least a few days...

 

comments (16)

  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 12 Jan 2016, 03:58
One of your best, Elizabeth...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Golly - thank you very much, Ray! That means a lot to me!
Gobsmacked Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Gosh, Thanks so much, Richard!
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 12 Jan 2016, 06:07
I just can't begin to take it all in, Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Imagine being there! It brings you to your knees!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 12 Jan 2016, 06:32
Amazing - that speck of a watch tower gives it scale
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: If I win the lottery - the next SC meeting is in Arizona.... I'm flying you all in! smile
Funny to image all this sculpted by water Elizabeth.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Water and wind... and uplifts in the earth...
This is truly beautiful. I love the small part in the light on the right. Excellent.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Mary... I can never get enough of the views from the North Rim.
Nice light and shade, Elizabeth, I do like the summit names in the canyon.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you kindly, sir! I do too!
I just can't get over the colossal size of the canyon
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Colossal is right!!
  • Anne
  • United Kingdom
  • 12 Jan 2016, 15:27
All those colours! What an amazing panorama Elizabeth
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Isn't it beautiful! Thank you, Anne!
Cracking picture E. One of your best
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Bill!! I really appreciate that!
Wonderful view and image to share Elizabeth!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you very much, Jacquelyn - I wish I could fly you all out here...
ahhhh... makes me "homesick"...
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile Come on out for a visit, Larry!
  • Alan
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 12 Jan 2016, 19:53
I'm trying to get my head around the view here and to orientate myself. If we're on the North Rim, are we looking south here? The light looks like it could be that of the morning yet if we are looking south then it should be coming in from the left. Oh, I dunno! It's a glorious whatever way!
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: smile We're looking south east, here, Alan! The sun going down on the right... Thank you very much - it was a glorious day!
Mind-boggling, isn't it?
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I can't tell you... smile
your panoramas of the canyon get better every day Elizabeth... the left flats or rolling hills look like they are pastures...
drop by when you get back online....petersmile
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: Thank you so much, Peter! We'd had such a good monsoon season - lots of rain, so those "pastures" to look green, don't they?!
It's almost like being there, these are the most wonderful images you are showing us Elizabeth, added to by all the information as well.
Elizabeth Croston Buckalew: I'm so glad I can give you that feeling, Brian!

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