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A Grand Canyon Sunset During a Lightning Storm! - and the current status of the Natural Wonder.

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posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:00 PM
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Good day fellow ATS'ers!


Could not find this on the site- so I thought I'd post it for many to see.

Looks like landscape photographer Rolf Maeder got to the Grand Canyon in time before the partial gov. shutdown... to take some beautiful photographs during sunset and a lightning storm!

I believe all the GC photos were taken on Aug. 30, 2013, a little over a month ago.





You can see the rest at this source (businessinsider.com).

And of course at Rolf Maeder's Photography website, source (photographysedona.com).

An older source (nbcnews.com) with less photos..

The Grand Canyon has been successfully blocked off by the feds, and shutdown (only the second time since 1919 when the Grand Canyon opened).


About 4.5 million tourists from around the world make the trip every year to the Grand Canyon National Park in northern Arizona, a trek that pours an estimated $1.3 million a day into nearby communities.


A little about the only previous shutdown affecting the Grand Canyon..


The shutdown that began Tuesday after Congress failed to pass a federal budget has happened once before, in 1995. That shutdown led then-Gov. Fife Symington to lead a convoy filled with Arizona National Guard troops and state parks officers to the canyon and demand its superintendent open the gates. The effort failed, but he was able to negotiate a deal where a partial reopening would be paid for by state funds. The federal government later repaid the state. The closure was the first since the park was created in 1919.


source (seattletimes.com)

Not this time.. at least not yet. Local businesses have been pledging... and the Arizona Governor Jan Brewer has already offered to use state money to re-open the Grand Canyon, however- her offer was declined by the feds.


“I offered to reopen the Grand Canyon to visitors by using state money, but federal officials declined my offer,” Brewer said in a Facebook post. “I really shouldn’t be surprised that the Obama Administration doesn’t want Arizona’s help.”


source (theblaze.com)


Park authorities have issued citations for 21 tourists and visitors who entered Grand Canyon National Park after the government shutdown started. And in response — and in the face of the furlough of other workers — the park has bolstered its security team to monitor the land around the clock.


Rangers arrest 21 for venturing into Grand Canyon post-shutdown - source (washingtontimes.com)

2,000 Grand Canyon workers said stranded without food, money to leave - source (upi.com)

Ouch.

I've don't really have a strong opinion reason for the partial government shutdown..

Is this the plan?

Is Mr. Obama's intransigence solely to blame? Republicans?

Is this the plan? Do we agree on something, or run out of money on the 17th?

Hope everyone is having a decent October, regardless the ridiculous.

Respects,

-AA




posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:02 PM
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Wow... Incredible photos! Man, nature can be so beautiful



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:04 PM
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jhn7537
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Wow... Incredible photos! Man, nature can be so beautiful


Heard! Breathtaking to say the least!

-AA



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:16 PM
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Gorgeous pictures! It's just a crying shame what obama's 'handlers' are doing to our once great nation! I bet Karma has a very special treat for them .......



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:18 PM
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Cool, new desktop material.

Thanks OP



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:24 PM
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beautiful pictures!!!! I rode the mules down into the grand canyon about 35 years ago, I also visited as a child....pics always take me back!!!



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:26 PM
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Seriously is this real? Wow...damn good photo.



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:31 PM
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WOW! I love taking lightning photos and that would have been a real real treat!

AMAZING!



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 12:40 PM
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six67seven
Cool, new desktop material.

Thanks OP


No problem, six67seven! Thank Rolf Maeder- he's the skilled photographer who took these beauts.



research100
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beautiful pictures!!!! I rode the mules down into the grand canyon about 35 years ago, I also visited as a child....pics always take me back!!!


Damn, that sounds exciting! What a fun trip that must've been!



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:00 PM
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What a great set of photographs, they cheered me right up on a bit of a crap day for me. Thanks for reminding me what a fantastic planet I live on and how lucky I am to be around when we have such technology to share it



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 01:21 PM
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nugget1
Gorgeous pictures! It's just a crying shame what obama's 'handlers' are doing to our once great nation! I bet Karma has a very special treat for them .......


Give it a rest, this all republicans... Of course he is not going to sign anything that would mess with his signature legislation. It was passed and is law so says supreme Court. You shutdown the government because you don't like health-care reform.

Give me a frigging break and grow up. Perpetual greed politics in motion. One of the only civilized nations in the world who can't provide universal care for it's citizens. That is the first thing that makes us a higher species, the fact we respect all life and hold it sacred and we take care of the old, young, and sick, and those who can not care for themselves. As a higher form of life everyone has healthcare and it is not about how much money you have.

But I guess we are not a higher form of life, not yet, I still hold out hope that these greedy sons oh bitc$$ will one day soon be overthrown and that greed no longer rules society. I think it will take something spectacular like free energy or something like it to finally put us on the right path.

One thing you can't do, if you are an honest person is blame the shutdown on Obama. Oh and for the record, I did not vote for him.

The Bot

Oh and these pictures are dope....
edit on 9-10-2013 by dlbott because: (no reason given)



posted on Oct, 9 2013 @ 08:48 PM
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these are amazing pictures Ive been to the grand canyon and i loved it and to see these pictures it brings back alot of memories so thank you for sharing with us.



posted on Oct, 14 2013 @ 02:37 PM
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Look's like they made a deal!

Grand Canyon re-opened Saturday!

source (nbcnews.com)
source (kjzz.org)

Yay!


Regards,

-AA






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