Last weekend I got to visit the south rim of the Grand Canyon, which is where most people go when they visit the park. This time of year, it isn’t too busy yet, but in just a couple of months millions of people will be visiting the park. This year is the National Park Service’s 100th birthday, and they are really trying to get the word out.

The first image of my hiking boots was taken on my iPhone - I just wanted to snap something quick to text to some friends to make them jealous. The rest of the photos were taken with my Sony A6000.

I got up early to catch the sunrise, which was fantastic. Lots of other people had the same idea, though, and it was a little hard to find an open spot at the Mather viewpoints.

I really love the framing effect provided by these junipers.

There’s still a bit of snow.

These are the remains of a Kiva, a room that Puebloans used for religious purposes.

The only wildlife that wasn’t at all camera-shy were these crows, hanging out at one of the viewpoints hoping to get some handouts from the tourists. They were pecking at the snow to get some water.

And here’s the Desert View Watchtower.

If you guys have the means and opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon, I strongly encourage you to do so. Words can’t adequately describe it, and these pictures are the best I’ve got. Next time I go, I hope to do some night photography.