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June 28, 2015

Ann relieved she has escaped the grouse.

Ann relieved she has escaped the grouse. (Click on images to enlarge)

We hiked the Widfross Trail Saturday morning, which winds along the Transept Canyon on the point of land west of the main North Rim development. It’s named for Gunnar Widforss an early 20th century artist who lived and painted at the Grand Canyon in the 1930’s. He produced a large collection of watercolors prized for their geologic detail. This is also the trail where the blue grouse sometimes acts aggressively towards unsuspecting hikers. As we walked towards the spot I saw it last week, there it was, in the trail far from its nest. So Ann got to experience the deranged grouse.

Along the trail there were numerous objects to photograph and I concentrated on small details and you see how creative and interesting nature can be. I put four of these images together, the fourth not technically a detail but a nice look at the crown of a ponderosa with a partially circular rainbow caused by ice crystals high in the clouds refracting the sunlight.

Ponderosa pine bark.

Ponderosa pine bark.

A dead juniper trunk.

A dead juniper trunk.

Bright yellow and orange lichen attached to a rock.

Bright yellow and orange lichen attached to a rock.

Looking up to the crown of a ponderosa pine.

Looking up to the crown of a ponderosa pine.

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