Photos of the WeeK: 2/28/2019 – Happy Birthday Grand Canyon !

This year the Grand Canyon turns 100. Well actually it’s been around a lot longer than that, but, on the 26th of February President Woodrow Wilson declared the Grand Canyon the 17th National Park in the United States. And I would think by now it has become known as one of the most outstanding and well recognized National Parks in the whole world.

1935: A Photographer’s Eye
A photo of the Grand Canyon by Margaret Bourke-White made in 1935. The Grand Canyon has been the site in which many legendary photographers have made iconic images.

1925: Colorado River
Photograph of the powerful Colorado River as it runs through the Grand Canyon in 1925.

1931: Famous Visitors
Elsa Einstein, front, stands at the rim of the Grand Canyon with her husband Albert and their friends.
Compliments of the Library of Congress.

1935: Lone Ranger
A cowboy wearing chaps stands on Grandeur Point overlooking the Grand Canyon.

1946: Aerial View
An aerial view of the Grand Canyon National Park. The Grand Canyon creates it’s own weather because of the drastic changes in elevation which means visitors throughout the park could be experiencing very different weather.

Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. The forested rims are high enough to receive winter snowfall, but along the Colorado River in the Inner Gorge, temperatures are similar to those found in Tucson and other low elevation desert locations in Arizona. Conditions in the Grand Canyon region are generally dry, but substantial precipitation occurs twice annually, during seasonal pattern shifts in winter (when Pacific storms usually deliver widespread, moderate rain and high-elevation snow to the region from the west) and in late summer (due to the North American Monsoon, which delivers waves of moisture from the southeast, causing dramatic, localized thunderstorms fueled by the heat of the day).[39] Average annual precipitation on the South Rim is less than 16 inches (41 cm), with 60 inches (150 cm) of snow; the higher North Rim usually receives 27 inches (69 cm) of moisture, with a typical snowfall of 144 inches (370 cm); and Phantom Ranch, far below the canyon’s rims along the Colorado River at 2,500 feet (762 m) gets just 8 inches (20 cm) of rain, and snow is a rarity.

1944: The River Runs Through
The Colorado River runs through the canyon, long believed to help shape the canyon. Of eight species of fish found in the river, six of them are not found outside of the Colorado River habitat.

1947: Landscape in Color
From Right: Western view of Cathedral Stairs in Grand Canyon; Two people standing beneath tree, watching Havasu Falls.

1960: Canyon Exploration
From Right: Boats taking tourists along the Colorado River through the Grand Canyon; Three young men exploring a pool of water

1964: Apollo 11 Training
Neil Armstrong during geological training at the Grand Canyon in 1964.

1967: Robert Kennedy
Senator Robert Kennedy (left) jumps for shore as his raft comes to a landing during a four day trip along the Colorado River. The New York Senator and a party of friends made the 87-mile journey through the Grand Canyon on four rubber rafts.

1970: Finding Solitude
A solitary figure standing near their car in the Grand Canyon.

1980: American Destination
Tourists from across the globe trek thousands of miles to visit the Grand Canyon. This photo of a tourist was taken in 1980 by French photographer, François Le Diascorn.

1992: Mule Trails
Mule Trails near Maricopa Point at the Grand Canyon.

1996: Childhood Fantasies
Two boys recreate their own version of the wild West while visiting the Grand Canyon’s East Rim, April 10, 1996. The Grand Canyon is 277 miles long and 18 miles across at its widest point.

1996: Presidential Protection
President Bill Clinton poised with a pen while Vice President Al Gore looks on during the signing of a proclamation establishing Utah’s Grand Escalante National Monument in a ceremony staged at edge of Grand Canyon.

He probably did this is Arizona because the people in Utah were not very happy about having the Escalante National Monument made into a monument. That took away a lot of Utah land and made it protected by the National Government . As the title says: Presidential Protection.

1999: Knievel Feat
Robbie Knievel is airborne above the Grand Canyon May 20, 1999 during a successful 228-feet world record jump. Knievel crashed following his landing and sustained unknown injuries but talked to the crowd before being flown by helicopter to the University Medical Center in Las Vegas.

2004: Southern Sunset
South Rim of the Grand Canyon.

2007: The Skywalk
Don Habatone, a member of the Hualapai Indian Tribe, looks out over The Skywalk at Grand Canyon West, located 120 miles east of Las Vegas on March 7, 2007 in Hualapai Indian Reservation, Arizona.

2009: Trail Reconstruction
Volunteer Fiona O-Malley from Westport, Ireland breaks rocks while working with team members to rehabilitate a trail on June 10, 2009. This work was a major federal stimulus funded project to repair the scenic South Kaibab Trail at the park. The project was the biggest trail reconstruction project in the Grand Canyon since the 1960s and the first there to use some of the $10.8 million in economic stimulus money granted by Congress for projects in the park.

2009: First Family Visit
US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Sasha and Malia tour Hopi Point on August 16, 2009.

2013: New Ways of Picturing the Grand Canyon
A tourists captures an image on an iPad while visiting the Grand Canyon.

2014: Water Supply
The Colorado River as seen from Mohave Point located on the Southern Rim of Grand Canyon on June 26, 2014.

2018: Starry Skies
One-third of the world’s population (including 80% of Americans) can no longer see the Milky Way. The Grand Canyon Conservancy is seeking official status for the park as an International Dark Sky destination.

2019: The Centennial
A winter storm drops several inches of snow along the South Rim and in parts of the canyon on February 6, 2019. Grand Canyon National Park, often considered one of the “Wonders of the World,” was officially designated a national park on February 26, 1919, and is celebrating its centennial this year.


Lightning storm over Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona

Approaching 1000th blog. This is #932

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