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Happy Friday! This week’s photo features a breathtaking sunrise over Navajo Mountain:

sunrise over Navajo Mountain, Grand Canyon

Our fearless leader, Bruce Sawyer, took this photo from the east side of the Kaibab Plateau and the north rim of the Grand Canyon. Yesterday was the summer solstice, so this particular shot feels appropriate. Additionally, it pays homage to the peoples of the Colorado Plateau who have celebrated the solstice for thousands of years.Traditions vary among tribes and around the world, but generally the summer solstice marks the beginning of summer and an opportunity for renewal. The word “solstice” comes from the Latin words “sol”–meaning sun–and “sistere”–to stand still. Fitting, since the summer solstice marks the longest day of the year. That means the sun’s axis reaches its highest point in the sky for the Northern Hemisphere.

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