The monsoon season, mid-July to mid-August is the best time to visit either the North or South Rim of the Grand canyon. There are frequent afternoon and evening showers with rainbows and lightning.
Feature Image Details
- EOS R5 Mirrorless Camera
- Canon 24-105MM F4 L Lens
- F16 for 1/60th second ISO 100 F16
- Focal length 70mm
The images in this post were taken at Cape Royal. It’s about an hour from the lodge by car, then a short 15-minute level walk to an excellent overlook with 180 degree views.
This image was late afternoon looking east, away from the setting sun.
The apex of a rainbow is 180 degrees from the sun. At noon, with the sun straight overhead, a rainbow would be below the horizon. At sunset a rainbow makes a big arc.
From a plane, one can see a rainbow as a complete circle.
Crepuscular rays are parallel shafts of sunlight typically seen emanating from holes in the clouds while looking towards the sun. The beams do not appear to be parallel due to a perspective effect.
Anticrepuscular rays are parallel shafts of sunlight radiating from the anti-solar point, 180 degrees opposite the sun. Anticrepuscular rays are most frequently visible around sunrise or sunset. They are formed from shadows of a large object such as a mountain.
I only saw two clean rays for a minute or so then the shafts merged and eventually went away.
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