|Val's photo of a California Condor in the Vermillion Cliffs, near Page, AZ; 12/22/2009.|
|A lonely windmill peaking through the thick fog, Page, AZ; 12/22/2009.|
|Snow on a Prickly Pear Cactus, Page, AZ; 12/22/2009.|
|Snow on a "headless Sphynx-looking" rock formation in the Vermillion Cliffs; 12/22/2009.|
|Red cliffs showing through the lifting fog near Horse Shoe Bend, AZ; 12/22/2009.|
|A California Condor with a number tag (#4) on it, Vermillion Cliffs, AZ; 12/22/2009.|
These magnificent birds are mostly black in their juvenile stage, which are the Condors we saw and as they mature, their heads become a brilliant orange and grow white underwing coverts. I would love to see an adult California Condor some day, but felt very fortunate to see a couple of them in the wild as a great treat to what I thought was just a sight seeing trip.
|Snow melting off some desert vegetaion, Page, AZ; 12/22/2009.|