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New images: Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (South Rim)

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I’ve posted new images of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, taken during a trip in May 2009.

When I first visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, I limited my explorations to the North Rim. Although the relatively recent park doesn’t see many visitors, the North Rim is even more uncrowded, and it offers more unique perspectives than the South Rim, including the Narrows viewpoint, Exclamation point, and the North Vista Trail. The Black Canyon is one of the rare canyons that are more deep than wide. At the Chasm viewpoint, you are only about 1000 feet from the other rim, yet it takes a couple of hours by car, which explain the lesser visitation of the North Rim.

For the second visit, I spent all my time on the South Rim for the sake of completeness, which confirmed my preference for the North Rim as my research had indicated before. I was tempted to hike down to the river again, but the clouds looked ominous. I was glad I did not do so as torrential rainstorm struck in the afternoon. When I took the third image below, it was pouring, but instead of scrambing on steep and treachery terrain, I was photographing next to the road, almost from my car. That image was with the tripod set below the raised hatch of my station-wagon. On a large version, you can see every leaf glistening with water.

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