Sunday, June 16, 2019. It was overcast most of today. After a colder, and wetter than normal May, spring has arrived on the South Rim. (Photo location S. Kaibab Trail, below the Chimney).
Cacti a mile below these, deep within the inner canyon, usually bloom in April. Extreme changes in elevation, exposure, and climate in the Grand Canyon support a remarkable range of biotic communities in unusual proximity.
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Photo 1: looking up at pink cactus flowers blooming on a hillside. In the distance cliffs tower overhead.
Photo 2: green cactus pads growing in a row, with two yellow flowers. In the distance, a narrow view between a snag and a rock slab, out at a canyon landscape of cliffs and peaks.