After two years in a row of experiencing very dry monsoons, also known as a "nonsoon" in which there was little to no storm activity, we finally had a decent season this year in northern Arizona.
I made several trips to both the South Rim and North Rim of the Grand Canyon to lead photography workshops and personal trips to create new photographs for my portfolio.
My last trip to the canyon was especially fruitful as I arrived to the North Rim the day before a very wet weather system was due to begin weakening. I made new photos from some of my favorite locations, such as Point Imperial and Cape Royal, but I also worked from several unnamed vistas that were new to me, and I'm eager to share them in upcoming workshops in 2022.
In past years I spent a great deal of time chasing storms in the hopes of photographing lightning, but this year I had new photographic goals in mind. My primary goal was to photograph scenes with clouds below the rim. I was rewarded with an excellent opportunity to create a massive panoramic image of Mount Hayden from Point Imperial. In this photograph, which I've included below, clouds formed deep within the abyss and then rose along the canyon walls, leaving the ridges, peaks, and buttes floating in a sea of clouds.