Grand Canyon Photos
(taken with Royal Gold Select ASA400 film using Canon AE-1)

Bright Angel Gorge

Grand Canyon in Moonlight (5 minute exposure, ASA 400, f2.8)

Mather Point, North View

Mather Point, East View

Mather Point, West View

Me, South Kaibab Trail


Havasu Canyon Photos

Twin Towers of Wigleeva, entering Supai village

Orionid Meteor at Havasu

Blue Green Pools of Havasu Falls (bird's eye view)

Havasu Falls

The Descent to Mooney Falls (almost vertical in places)

Mooney Falls

All Images Copyright Steve Cannistra

Grand Canyon and Havasu Canyon
In October, 1999 I hiked from the South Rim of the Grand Canyon down to Phantom Ranch by way of the South Kaibab Trail.  This well maintained trail offers great canyon views and is quite easy to hike, as long as you are prepared for a constant downhill trek for 9-10 miles.  Phantom Ranch itself provides very basic accomodations, and the dormitory style quarters are not particularly comfortable.  I found it difficult to sleep and frequently wandered outside during the night to catch great views of the clear, southwestern night sky (as well as numerous bats).  The next day I hiked back up the Bright Angel Trail starting around 6 AM, beginning a constant uphill climb out of the canyon which was about 9 miles in length and very enjoyable.  The vertical climb from bottom to top is about 5000-6000 feet.  There are many great links which offer lots of information about the Grand Canyon.  One of the best that I have found is the Grand Canyon Explorer.  Also check out the geology of this area at Grand Canyon Geology.  Several of my photos are listed below, including some long exposure photos taken at night.

Traveling west on Route 66, we next visited the Havasu canyon.  "Havasu" is an indian term for blue-green water, and "pai" is the indian term for people.  The indians of the Havasu Canyon are therefore referred to as Havasupai, and their village (Supai) is situated next to some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world.  The hike down to Havasu Canyon is about 8 miles, and it's another 3 miles or so to the waterfalls once you reach the village.  The blue-green color of the pools is created by calcium carbonate which is deposited by the falls (after being leached out of the limestone layers of the Colorado plateau).  The calcium carbonate mixes with vegetation in the pools at the bottom of the falls, congealing over time to create a rock-hard substance called "travertine."  The travertine bottom of the pools reflects the blue of the sky and the green of surrounding vegetation back through the water, creating the blue-green color you see in some of my photos.

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