Archive for the ‘Arizona’ Tag

Revisiting old favorites in digital form


The Colorado River runs between towering cliffs and sandstone bluffs.

It winds around meandering through like a Turquoise vein.

Mesas and plateaus rise above scrub brush plains.

Peering down into the depths’ steep massive canyon walls

to the aqua river’s shore are canoes and kayaksers

that push away with paddle and ore.

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Footnotes; the above photo is one taken while on a trip to the Grand Canyon’s North Rim. When I took this photo I could not get the kayakers in view as they looked so tiny at the bottom of the ravine. These scenic sites are phenomenal wonders in their natural unaltered state.

Joyce E. Johnson (2014)

Sunrise over the Grand Canyon’s North Rim

I froze this photo from a video we took while on a vacation in Sept.,2013 to The Grand Canyon’s North Rim in Arizona. photo credit: Joyce E. Johnson

Standing near the edge

 of a precipice rock face

viewing the Canyon’s crater

over this massive hallowed space

there rises with slow ascent

a crowning glow of light

piercing still and quiet skies,

sunbeams’ penetrating bright

rays that break through forest trees

leaning over canyon cliffs

like bowing subjects to nature’s throne

 waiting dawn’s announced decree.

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Joyce E. Johnson © 2013

Where I’ve Been

If anyone has missed my posts for the last ten days, I have been traveling to places I had not seen before.  It was a journey of the most amazing sights in the U.S. with incredible views that filled our digital camera with photos we will cherish forever. The Grand Canyon is like a huge deep rock bowl surrounded by layers and shapes of compressed sandstone in colors of terra-cotta clay, taupe colored sand, and ridges stacked with pine and cedar trees growing out from the rock bowl cliffs.  I visited the South Rim many years ago, twice, but this is the first time I have visited the North Rim. The North Rim is unlike that of the South Rim where cactus and sagebrush bake in a hot Arizona sun. The North Rim is surrounded by forests of pine and cedar trees warmed by midday breezes, but cooled at night from winds that blow across and over its deep crevices and ravines. We spent two glorious days there with friends. Going into Arizona’s Grand Canyon North Rim we traveled through Utah and saw many of their own beautiful, magnificent rock cliffs as we  visited Zion National Park. So, here is a small gallery of photos we took from both places. The shapes, colors and hues of the red and brown rock are seen with many different formations. Below are just a few of those we photographed.

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Joyce E. Johnson

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Photos by: Joyce E. Johnson and T. Wayne Johnson

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