The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – the Gems


First, one last look at the Crystal Creek area – a photo of Scorpion Ridge in early morning storm-filtered light, taken from Upper Crystal camp. 11 photos.

Scorpion Ridge, from Upper Crystal Camp, Mile 98.7

Scorpion Ridge, from Upper Crystal Camp, Mile 98.7

Alive Below Crystal! Now, a gentle float down to Tuna Creek Rapid, and the start of the beautiful section called the Gems.

Approaching Tuna Creek Rapid

Approaching Tuna Creek Rapid, Mile 99.7

This telephoto shot highlights a wall of sparkly mica schist seamed with pink granite. It's one of my favorite walls in the Canyon

This telephoto shot highlights a wall of sparkly gray mica schist seamed with pink granite. It’s one of my favorite walls in the Canyon

Lower Tuna Creek Rapid, Mile 100.0, is surrounded by pink granite

Lower Tuna Creek Rapid, Mile 100.0, is surrounded by pink granite

The approach to Nixon Rock, Mile 100.4, and a view to the South Rim

The approach to Nixon Rock, Mile 100.4, and a view to the South Rim

Kathy, at the tiny mouth of Agate Canyon, Mile 101.1

Kathy, at the tiny mouth of Agate Canyon, Mile 101.1

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Agate Rapid. It’s all granite in this part of the Canyon.

Approach to Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8, with a great rim to river view, from the Kaibab to the Supai to the Redwall, to the tapeats and the Inner Gorge of schist and granite

Approach to Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8, with a great rim to river view (South Rim), from the Kaibab to the Supai to the Redwall to the Tapeats and the Inner Gorge of schist and granite

Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8

Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8

Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8, with a sharp hole that lurks just after this wave. Using one hand for the camera, and not holding on very well with the other (if at all), I went flying forward out of the boat when we hit it. Fortunately, a very nice gentleman by the name of Scott was positioned in the eddy, idling in his runabout - he was part of the GCMRC, and knew that the hole in Sapphire could cause trouble. I handed him my camera and climbed in.

Sapphire Rapid, Mile 101.8, with a sharp hole that lurks just after this wave. Using one hand for the camera, and not holding on very well with the other (if at all), I went flying forward out of the boat when we hit it. Fortunately, a very nice gentleman by the name of Scott was positioned in the eddy, idling in his runabout – he was part of the GCMRC trip (that I photographed at the Bright Angel beach, seen earlier), and knew that the hole in Sapphire could cause trouble. I handed him my camera and climbed in.

Black schist by the shore, Mile 102

Sculpted and polished black schist by the shore, Mile 102

About believesteve

I am a photographer and have published a book of photography and accompanying text on running the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon. The first (print) edition is out of print, but a second edition is available as an iBook (eBook) through the iTunes bookstore. All Grand Canyon, river and nature lovers will enjoy my book: https://itunes.apple.com/us/book/the-grand/id672492447?ls=1
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One Response to The Colorado River in the Grand Canyon – the Gems

  1. Britt Runyon says:

    “I handed him my camera and climbed in”……………..lol

    Like

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