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Grand Canyon Solar Eclipse

Updated on September 7, 2014

Solar Eclipse at Grand Canyon National Park

Every year millions travel to Grand Canyon National Park. This year I planned a wonderful trip with my husband to see the gorgeous waterfalls of Havasupai and the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. My husband had never been to Arizona, and I had only seen the Grand Canyon as a toddler, so we were both really excited for our trip.

A few days before our departure, I saw on the news that there would be an annular solar eclipse while we were in Arizona. I quickly researched online and learned that the Grand Canyon was going to be one of the best places to view the eclipse. In addition to that, there would be a solar viewing party at the Visitor's Center! I quickly changed our travel plans so that we would be at the Grand Canyon the night of the eclipse.

When my husband and I got to the South Rim Grand Canyon Visitor's Center we asked if we could buy solar eclipse glasses. Unfortunately they were already sold out! We walked around and soon found amateur astronomers, NASA scientists, and volunteers who were more than willing to share their equipment.

While we were walking around I saw a park ranger with some extra solar glasses, and I asked if I could use them. She said I could as long as I shared them with others. I walked over to the rim of the Grand Canyon and started asking people if they wanted to take a peek at the sun. I was surprised to find people that didn't know there was a solar eclipse going on!

Unless otherwise indicated, photos by Mandy Stradley

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Staring at the Sun - The Sun Sets While Still Partially Eclipsed

A couple enjoys the view while visitors take turns peering at the sun, at one of the most impressive locations on Earth.

Sun Protection

Protect your vision. Looking at the sun can severely damage your eyes if you do not have the proper protection. Regular sunglasses are not good enough!

Tiffen 58MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter
Tiffen 58MM Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

Filters like this can protect lenses.


Solar Eclipse Pages

NASA - Solar Eclipse

This is NASA's official solar eclipse page. It contains maps and tables for 7,000 years of eclipses and includes information on eclipse photography, observing tips and eye safety information.

NASA Eclipse Site

Fred Espenak's Eclipse Site has information about solar and lunar eclipses.

Photo by: Rachel Robinson, May 20, 2012

Santa Monica Pier

May 20, 2012 Annular Solar Eclipse

The May 20, 2012 annular eclipse was visible from a 240 to 300 km-wide track that traversed eastern Asia, the northern Pacific Ocean and the western United States. It was visible from East Asia, North Pacific, North America and Greenland.

Picture and Eclipse Predictions by Fred Espenak, NASA's GSFC

A Neat Perspective

We walked around and looked through telescopes to get a great view of the sun. All of the telescopes had filters so that our eyes would be protected.

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Looking Through a Large Telescope

Nice Setup!

Ring of Fire - 6:34 PM- 6:39 PM Annular Solar Eclipse

Park Rangers and volunteers set up pinhole cameras and solar projectors for all to view. The moment that the annular solar eclipse began the crowd let out a giant cheer!

Eerie Lighting

Long Shadows

November 13, 2012 Total Solar Eclipse

On November 12/13 2012 there was a total eclipse of the Sun that was visible in Northern Australia. A partial eclipse was visible from Indonesia, Australia, New Zealand, and the South Pacific.

Eclipse map/figure/table/predictions courtesy of Fred Espenak, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center.

Enjoying a Peaceful Moment

Views of the Colorado River

Desert View Watchtower

Desert View Watchtower
Desert View Watchtower

Breathtaking Views

If you are visiting the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, you won't want to miss the Desert View Watchtower, about 20 miles east of Grand Canyon Village. This four story stone building is 70 feet tall, and was designed by Mary Colter. The building was completed in 1932, and has murals by Fred Kabotie.

You will see spectacular views of the Grand Canyon, the Colorado River, and the Painted Desert. Visitors can also go inside Desert View Watchtower and climb up the narrow stairway for more great views.

For more information, see the National Park Service Desert View Publication.

The Grand Canyon at Sunset

Have you made a trip to the Grand Canyon? - Is it worth it to travel to see an eclipse?

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    • Mommy-Bear profile image

      Mommy-Bear 4 years ago

      I visited the Grand Canyon at sunrise, and boy was it amazing. I can't wait to go back and take my kids.

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      Dusty2 LM 4 years ago

      Yes, I have been there a few times and have enjoyed the beautiful landscape as well as the photos you have added to this lens. Well done. Thank You for stopping by my Healthy Gluten-Free Oatmeal Vegan Muffins lens and giving it a "thumbs up" as I appreciate it. Hope you enjoy the muffin recipe. Bon Appetit!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I'd just be glad to go to the Grand Canyon. An eclipse would make it even better.

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      TanoCalvenoa 5 years ago

      Yeah, but not for like 15 years. Awesome place that is on my list of places to go ASAP.

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      A new blessing on this lovely lens and may you have a wonderful, successful and happy 2013. Hugs

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      shewins 5 years ago

      I have been to the Grand Canyon, it is an awesome sight. I saw the annular eclipse from my yard in Northern California. There were some very strange circular shadows on the ground. Interesting lens.

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      RuthieDenise 5 years ago

      No but I sure would like to.

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      DeepaVenkitesh LM 5 years ago

      wow, visited it through your lens, thanks my son will love this

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      manojihpl 5 years ago

      Grand Canyon is a steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River.

      It's awesome to see an eclipse. Great!

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      Tea Pixie 5 years ago

      Yes, I have visited and it would be cool to go there to see an eclipse. What a great adventure. I love the video for making the pinhole projector - awesome!

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      BowWowBear 5 years ago

      The Grand Canyon was one of the last trips my mother and I made together. She was in remission from cancer then. You have brought back some great memories and I hope to go with my son someday. Thanks for Sharing!

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      Tradeshowhobo 5 years ago

      fantastic hobby. I've been to the Grand Canyon but never to see an eclipse. Sounds like a fun vacation.

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      JJNW 5 years ago from USA

      I would love to do both! I had to laugh about your comment that looking at the sun makes some people sneeze. My friend used to say she was allergic to the sun when that happened. ; ) Great lens!

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      oakstreet 5 years ago

      Oh, Grand Canyon! How I would love to be there someday in my life. great len and I "like" it.

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      gazomax 5 years ago

      Nice lens, with some great images, thanks for sharing!

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      norma-holt 5 years ago

      Nice lens and congrats on LOTD. Featured on Blessed by Skiesgreen 2012-2 and also on Squidoo LOTD Lenses. Hugs

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      Escapes2 5 years ago

      Your pictures are amazing!

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      TTMall 5 years ago

      Sounds like a beautiful and interesting place to visit!

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      RestlessKnights 5 years ago

      The sun always shines on TV. At least according to the Norwegian band A-ha. Nice lens btw. Loved the pictures.

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      NewUsedCarsSacramento 5 years ago

      nice are awesome...hope I will get a chance to visit Grand Canyon National Park one day...

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      julia007 5 years ago

      The pictures of the sun are so beautiful!

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      whiteskyline lm 5 years ago

      Very cool! I at first thought this was literally about staring at the sun. I have met someone who claims to do that which was interesting. Aah the Grand Canyon is so nice!

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      montanatravel52 5 years ago

      Incredible pictures... I have not been to the Grand Canyon YET, but have always wanted to go, and your lens confirms it!! Great read!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Very nice lens... photos and overall presentation is very nice

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      vinc18 5 years ago

      Great lens and photos !

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      Honeyb33 5 years ago

      Wow very cool. I have never been to the grand canyon but you make me want to change that!

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      eridqua 5 years ago

      Cool lens! The Grand Canyon would be a beautiful place to experience an eclipse! I like that you have a link about the sneeze reflex when going out into the bright sunlight. I do that all the time and everyone thinks it's funny! Now I know I'm not the only one. :)

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      The scenery is so nice!

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      LornsA178 5 years ago

      We would love to visit Grand Canyon, that was our plan few years ago, but due to some circumstances, we don't know if we could still go. Your lens brought me there! You are blessed to see the eclipse! Great lens!

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      SharpLee 5 years ago

      Wow, beautiful photography and interesting information! An eclipse is a rare sight, and to see one at the Grand Canyon was really special. That will be a lovely memory for you and your husband!

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      Nightlife-Author 5 years ago

      amazing lens. love it

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      someday i would love to see it.

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      sheriangell 5 years ago

      I have made a trip, but it was a long time ago. I would love to go again. Angel blessings to this fabulous lens.

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      Mandy Stradley 5 years ago

      @DebMartin: The Grand Canyon is amazing, but it is crowded during peak times of the year. The large crowd was in the parking lot behind the visitor's center because that was where most of the telescopes were! I hope that you get to visit one day! Pictures do not do justice.

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      DebMartin 5 years ago

      I've never been to the Grand Canyon. It would be fun to see a solar eclipse there but it looks a little crowded. I think maybe I'd like to go without the eclipse. Thanks for sharing your wonderful photos. They are beautiful. d

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      TK2012 LM 5 years ago

      I have been to the Grand Canyon and I have been dying to go back. Seeing an eclipse would be icing on the cake! I really have to make my way out there for one.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have not been there but feel like I have after viewing your photos. Very nicely done.

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      srsddn lm 5 years ago

      I have watched a number o solar eclipses but on television screen. In one of the total solar eclipse that light had significantly reduced and the birds were disturbed. I have also seen the ring of fire which was for a short while but unique feeling event. Great lens!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Fascinating lens. Congratulations on LOTD.

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      sibian 5 years ago

      Maybe next time we travel to US

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      pinkrenegade lm 5 years ago

      I haven't. Grand Canyon is a beautiful place and would love to visit it. The photos looks awesome.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes and yes. I really enjoyed the pictures - thanks.

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      DecoratingMom411 5 years ago

      I would love to watch an eclipse on the Grand Canyon.

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      clouda9 lm 5 years ago

      The Grand Canyon and Sedona are on my bucket list. Awesome story and shots!

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      Beverly Rodriguez 5 years ago from Albany New York

      No, but thanks for taking me for a visit....loved the photos.

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      Laurel Johnson 5 years ago from Washington KS

      No I've never been to the Grand Canyon and doubt I ever will.

      But I enjoyed visiting vicariously through your beautiful lens.

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 5 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      I've never been to the Grand Canyon although my daughter has - I'm jealous! Great photos, and such fun to see the solar eclipse there. Congrats on LotD.

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      Violetta LM 5 years ago

      The last photo in particular, is spectacular with its glorious colors. Overall a lovely, and interesting lens.

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      HouseBuyersOfAmerica 5 years ago

      I would love to go their...eclipse is a rare we should not miss this...and congratulations for lotd...ty

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      Laraine Sims 5 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      My husband and I visited the south rim of the Grand Canyon and it was a trip of a lifetime! Our next trip will be to visit the North and East of the Canyon. The long time it takes to travel there is well worth it.

      Congratulations for winning LotD. Your lens is spectacular! Angel Blessed**

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      vaigavenugopal 5 years ago

      Loved the pics thx for sharing,,,

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      bwet 5 years ago

      not yet. but i will definitely go there. It is one of the must-dos in my bucket list!

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      jimbarnes lm 5 years ago

      great lens, thanks for sharing

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      malimbus360 5 years ago

      I wish I can see grand canyon next year

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I wish I was.Thanks for sharing this wonderful lens.I really hope someday I could also witnessed the beauty of Grand Canyon :)

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      Michelle Hogan 5 years ago

      I was in the air flying from Los Angeles to Detroit right at that time. We were over the Grand Canyon right about the time of the full eclipse and I was hoping to get a picture at 30,000 ft but our bearing was not sufficiently North to be able to get the right angle. So, even though I was THERE, I had to depend on the wonderful resources of the internet to watch it later.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      What stunning pictures of the Grand Canyon. You made me feel like I was standing right by your side. :)

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      TheMinuteIdea LM 5 years ago

      I have always wanted to see the Grand Canyon, it looks amazing. It was also really nice of you to help people who didnt have equipement to view the event. I hope you had a great time. Great pictures also :)

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      Kay 5 years ago

      Eclipse or not, I'd just like to visit the Grand Canyon!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      No, but I really want to now. Stunning vistas!

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      Rosaquid 5 years ago

      We viewed the annular eclipse from our backyard, which was in the perfect viewing path. We visited the Grand Canyon last January. It was lovely. Cograts on LOTD!! Lovely lens, thanks!

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      Bill 5 years ago from Gold Coast, Australia

      Yep, I was there in March this year. It was my second trip to the canyon, my first being in 1998 but this time my family were with me for their first visit. We watched the sunset from the same vantage point as in your photo titled "Staring at the Sun" My kids watched the eclipse in May this year at their school here in Australia. I had to watch it online as I had no access to equipment. Congrats on LOTD.

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      Michey LM 5 years ago

      Yes! you have fantastic pictures, I love them, and eclipses are rare events we cannot miss. Thanks so much it is breath taling. Blessings!

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Not yet, but I'd love to. Beautiful photography and presentation! This deserves to be the Lens of the day for sure! You deserve it, girl! Congrats and God bless you!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Yes! As a child, it was an overwhelming experience, and I admit to being fearful of falling! It was beautiful! Some things you don't forget!

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      William Leverne Smith 5 years ago from Hollister, MO

      Many times... lived nearby for a few years.

      Watched the eclipse earlier this year from a few miles north, in southern Utah!

      Neat lens. Thanks for sharing! ;-)

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      SteveKaye 5 years ago

      Yes, it's breath taking.

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      The Grand Canyon is worth it with or without an eclipse. The eclipse over the G.C. would be a spectacular trip.

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      Lee Hansen 5 years ago from Vermont

      I've flown over the Grand Canyon many times, and have visited Arizona but never had the opportunity to actually get to the site and take it all in up close. Your photos and stories make it real for me ... congrats on LOTD.

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      Tainoman 5 years ago

      Thanks for the trip

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      Keith Winter 5 years ago from Spain

      No never been there. I would like to someday. Great lens and congratulations on getting LOTD.

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      BradKamer 5 years ago

      No, but I plan it going for a future family spring vacation. Nice job on the lens. I remember making homemade eclipse viewing boxes in grade school!

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      soaringsis 5 years ago

      Some day I will get there. Congratulations on your LoTD and purple star. Great views.

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      Delia 5 years ago

      Congratulations on LOTD! Yes I have been to the GC and when we went it was just short before the sun was setting, we made it in just in time to see the most spectacular sunset...this Canyon is awesome...Gods creation at its best.

      well done lens! ~d-artist Squid Angel Blessing~

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      KimGiancaterino 5 years ago

      Yes, a couple of years ago. I've also flown over a few times.

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      MayaIxchel 5 years ago

      Not yet! But hope to go someday soon! Fantastic lens and wonderful photos! Love it! Greetings from 'the land of eternal spring'!

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      PhotographicStu 5 years ago

      Great Lens! love the photography good information as well, Thanks for sharing

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      RissRyker518 5 years ago

      Not yet, but it is my dream to get there before I die!

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      VspaBotanicals 5 years ago

      Absolutely breathtaking.

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      kayla_harris 5 years ago

      Wow, Nice Lens! And the pictures are very beatiful!

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      tenaciousmarketing 5 years ago

      Yes! I was lucky enough to have a near full eclipse in my hometown, now I would definitely travel to see another.

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      1jamessmith1 5 years ago

      great lens, would love to go there one day!

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      Fay 5 years ago from Cornwall, UK

      Yes a few years ago. It was amazing. It was odd though as when I went the weather was particularly bad and the Canyon was covered in snow. Great lens and a great place to see an eclipse.

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      WritingForChange 5 years ago

      I have, and flown over it in a helicopter, which was amazing, but I'd love to see an eclipse somewhere spectacular like this. It's definitely worth traveling somewhere special to see an eclipse. For me, life is about having unique experiences. I'd rather spend money on travel and experiences than possessions.

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      Loraine Brummer 5 years ago from Hartington, Nebraska

      Beautiful pictures, thanks for sharing them with us. And Congratulations on the lens being LOTD.

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      Monica Ranstrom 5 years ago

      I haven't been there since I was a kid. Really fantastic lens! Congratulations!

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      AngelaMagnottiAndrews 5 years ago

      I have never visited the Grand Canyon, but I want to someday. I don't know that I would travel there just to see an eclipse. We got to see the eclipse from our back yard. My favorite part was the eerie light and the long shadows. Beautiful lens with beautiful photographs!

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      ae dc 5 years ago

      when i was kid, my mom would tell me never to stare at the sun because it's gonna make me blind- now it's just BS LOL. those views are so beautiful! thanks for sharing and congrats on being LOTD:)

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      siobhanryan 5 years ago

      Angel Blessed-Beautiful photos

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      poldepc lm 5 years ago

      never, but I hope once I can travel to the Grand Canyon, for sure; congrats on the LOTD

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      Heidi Vincent 5 years ago from GRENADA

      Congratulations on winning the Lens of The Day (LOTD)!!!

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      Rosyel Sawali 5 years ago from Manila Philippines

      Amazing photos! Thanks for sharing ^_^

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      Gayle 5 years ago from McLaughlin

      Several times and each time it amazes me. I have seen it from a helicopter and have ridden to the rim in a train and we have camped there. Awe inspiring.

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      classifiedshi 5 years ago

      good informative stuff

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      CoolGamesOnline1 5 years ago

      not yet, it looks fantastic! good lens! thank you!

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      faye durham 5 years ago

      Great lens. You were in the right place at the right time. Beautiful pics!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I moved to Phoenix area last November and have not been to the Grand Canyon yet. I am looking forward to going. I would love to have seen an eclipse there.

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      mysweetjane lm 5 years ago

      I've been to the Grand Canyon but there was no eclipse! Great lens!

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      Stephen J Parkin 5 years ago from Pine Grove, Nova Scotia, Canada

      Not yet, but it looks fantastic especially viewing the eclipse

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      JoshK47 5 years ago

      This is such an awesome lens - thanks so very much for sharing! I need to head over and see the Grand Canyon sometime. Blessed by a SquidAngel - and congrats on your LotD! :)