"Wait in this place where the shadows run from themselves."

Angels Window, at North Rim Grand Canyon (Arizona USA) along the road to Cape Royal (el 7,865'). You can see the Colorado River through this window, 5,000 vertical feet below and six miles distant.

During the uplift of the Kaibab Plateau about 70 million years ago,
stress and strain caused the rock to fracture, forming vertical joints that
intersect the horizontal bedding planes. Weathering along these planes and
joints has eroded a hole in the Kaibab limestone, and enlarged it to form
this window.

Vishnu Temple (7,533') is the tall pyramid-shaped summit to the south, and the Colorado River can be seen to the southeast. The rapids created by Unkar Wash lie far below. Unkar Wash disappears into the depths of the canyon directly below Angels Window.

The North Rim lies on the southern edge of the much higher (8,000'+) Kiabab
Plateau, and is officially open to travel from mid-May to mid-October.

Weather in the Grand Canyon varies according to elevation. Average annual
precipitation on the North Rim is 27 inches (59 cm), with a typical snowfall of 144 inches. Summer monsoons bring sudden downpours and lightning to this area.

(Photo credited to Bob Clemenz - 1991)


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silversummit - Nov 29, 2008 11:49 am - Voted 10/10

This is an amazing shot!

I have been to the GC twice and never made it to the North Rim - a must do next time just to see this!


lcarreau - Nov 29, 2008 5:56 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: This is an amazing shot!

YES - well excuse me, I'm still recovering
from all that "bird" that I ate!

I worked (as an employee) at the GC for 9-1/2 months, and I still didn't see ALL of it. (A person could likely spend HALF their
lives exploring that place!) Take Care, Kathy!


Lodewijk - Dec 1, 2008 6:06 am - Voted 10/10


Nice shot larry! Makes me want to visit the GC again! I wish I would have visited the North rim as well, maybe next time!
Groetjes Lo


lcarreau - Dec 1, 2008 9:41 pm - Hasn't voted

Re: Nice

There's always a "next time!" Or, perhaps in
the next lifetime there will be room for a next

Greetz, Larry :)


MarkDidier - Oct 21, 2009 10:39 pm - Voted 10/10

Incredible View!

Quite the understatement, but that is an incredible shot. I visited the Canyon for the first time earlier this October and have developed a whole new appreciation for the place. Very nice geology explanation - but how can you visit Grand Canyon and not appreciate rockheads!

Happy Trails,


lcarreau - Oct 22, 2009 12:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Incredible View!

Thanks, Mark!

Glad you could make it out to Arizona.
Some will say that Arizona is nothing but a
"cesspool of heat" but they have no appreciation for the place.

I once spent 9-1/2 months at the Grand Canyon, and I STILL didn't see everything!

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