TheAspenStand: Being In The Wrong Place At The Right Time Has Peaked My Curiosity About Mother Nature's Work

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Being In The Wrong Place At The Right Time Has Peaked My Curiosity About Mother Nature's Work

"We love where we live." 
Sycamore Falls In Early Spring

Wait isn't that part of an Internet service provider commercial. Well the fact is that we do love living in the Kaibab National Forest. We are about one hour from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. Clean air, beautiful scenery and four seasons make it a year-round delight. 

Just a  short distance from us is Sycamore Falls, shown in the image to the right, which is a beautiful area during all four seasons. More often than not, in the nice weather, you'll see climbers venturing onto the walls of the canyon.

We've traveled to and lived in a variety of US locations that we might have chosen to live but we didn't, we love where we are now. It's nothing like living in the "big city" where you can travel just a few miles for everything including air travel. I used to travel quite a bit so airport access was important but I can live with a bit of travel to reach one now.

The only reason I mention travel is that I haven't had much contract work this year so I was excited about traveling to Virginia Beach at the end of November. But not long after leaving I was disappointed to hear about a "once in a lifetime" rare phenomenon called total (full) cloud inversion at the Grand Canyon occurring the Friday I left. Oh and it happened again that Sunday. Rare, spectacular photos show the Grand Canyon filled to the brim with fog was the first link where I viewed images.

If I was home I might have seen information cross my feed from the Grand Canyon twitter account but I was preparing for my work in Virginia. 

Once I was a bit settled, I went online to  A Sea of Clouds Fills the Grand Canyon to see what I had missed. After some additional reading, I felt better to learn that it's not really a once in a lifetime event but it's not always such a great photo opportunity when it happens. I now understand that this phenomenon occurs once or twice a year but not necessarily on such nice days as had recently occurred. 

I later located this link 22 Exclusive Photos of the Inversion of Fog and Clouds at Grand Canyon National Park by Jamie Campos.  Jamie has lived at the South Rim of the Grand Canyon for five years. In his post, he explains the difference between a "full" and "partial" inversion. Desert View Watchtower photo by Campos shows a waterfall like roll of condensation into the canyon. This caught my attention because we had recently been at that location so I was a bit more familiar with that particular point of the canyon. The day we were there, I had posted an iPhone shot onto Instagram of the tower (right). I took photographs with my DSLR but I'm quite a bit behind (ahem) the power curve and haven't even looked at those images or the photographs at  a botanical garden in Virginia Beach. 

I look forward to being home when this phenomenon occurs again and hope we'll be able to head up there and get to view it live. 

What interesting natural event have you missed while away from home? 

Where would you like to travel that you have yet to visit and why? 

I would love to read your thoughts so please leave your comments below answering the questions and any other post related information. Thanks.


  1. I always think that I'd love to see the ice balls washing up on the shore of one of the Great Lakes. There's not super rare, but not common either. Somehow, the treat of maybe seeing them does not win against the weather! I do wonder, had you been able to go to the GC during the inversion, if you would have had to be super careful in the fog. Like, is the edge over there? Or right. . . oops! . . .here!

    1. Thanks so much for taking the time to comment Deb especially reading over at TheZUG how difficult was in order to do so. I'll definitely look into it.
      I follow a local on Twitter who is originally from Michigan. She posted pictures of some wild looking frozen objects up there after Christmas and later a link to the ice balls. I love the cold but I'm thinking that is BITTER cold.
      LOL, I'm not a fan of getting near edges so most of my photographs are taken from a distance but looking at some photos on the links for those days it didn't look too bad.

  2. Hi Patricia,

    I, too, marveled at those pictures. They were amazing. I must say I do miss the scenery of Northern Arizona. It never got old and I can't wait to see it again.:-)

    I am not sure about missing natural events but when I wander in a new place I often get lost and find the most wonderful detours. It has taught me to really look around because you never know what you are going to find on the other side of the fence or down the deserted street.

    1. Thanks so much for responding Kim. I fully understand about wandering around a new place. I've done that quite often in places we've traveled. I remembered how exciting it was when I finally spent time walking down all the narrow alleys in Flagstaff. Great photo opportunities too!

  3. Hi Patricia. I hope all is well. Thank you for your recent comment on my blog. I also enjoy visiting your site to see what you have been up to. I sure like the photo of the Desert View Watchtower.

    I also enjoy where I live, which isn't too far north of you!

    1. Hey Derek. Thanks for stopping by and your kind comment. You do live a beautiful area too. We've been getting out a bit more making for more photo opportunities since it has been a dry, warm winter.


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