Late last week I was at home, in my office, preparing for upcoming photography workshops at the Grand Canyon when I heard (and felt) the rumble of distant thunder. Storms aren't unusual during the summer months here in Arizona as it is our monsoon season, but what was a bit unusual was how early the storms were starting on this day.
I quickly checked the RadarScope Pro radar app and saw numerous thunderstorms across our region, many of which were active in producing lightning. The weather forecast was calling for thunderstorms through sunset, and even a good chance of rain overnight, so I packed a bag and hit the road, my destination was Grand Canyon.
The photos in this post were all made in just one overnight stay at the canyon. Luckily, I already had a campsite reserved at Mather Campground in the park which would be very convenient as it's a short drive to the rim from camp.
This was my first monsoon storm chasing photography outing to the canyon this year. I couldn't have asked for a better experience.I've been photographing the Grand Canyon for 12 years, and it's always a treat to see and photograph the storms at the canyon. Getting to photograph the fog, clouds, rain, thunderstorms, and rainbows, all in a one-day trip just proves that Grand Canyon is magic.