October 20, 2011
Drove to Grandview Point last night, which is about 10 miles east on the Desert View Drive that parallels the canyon rim. People were listening to music in a car in the parking lot even though it was quite dark when I arrived. Usually visitors leave right after the sun sets from these view points. Occasionally they would start up their car and turn the headlights on, not a great thing to happen if you’re looking for dark skies. I set up as far from the parking as possible, setting 1 camera to do a one hour time-lapse photo. Though I thought at one point the series might have been ruined by this activity, turns out the photos were fine. I decided to move to another location, even though the tourists in the car had appeared to have gone to sleep in the parking lot.
I found a turn-out along the Desert View Drive that Ann and I had seen before. There was a large rock formation close to the parking area called ‘The Duck’. Ann heard a tour guide tell his group that in recent years the bill had fallen off. It was the coldest night so far so I waited in the car for the 11:42pm moonrise. About 11 a car pulls into the lot behind me and shuts off its lights. Since the parking was right at the spot where I would be setting up my tripod, I was a bit worried.Then about 20 minutes later the people leave. The last quarter moon rise directly in front of me. I managed to shoot for about 45 minutes without any distractions.