The photos in this gallery were taken in the area of Bright Angel Lodge (Grand Canyon National Park) on the day of the 2012 annular solar eclipse. The California Condor was near extinction but a successful (and expensive) captive breeding program started in the late 80's saved the California Condor and presently there are 226 condors flying free over California, Arizona, and Baja, Mexico with another 179 living in zoos and breeding centers. The condor has the largest wingspan (up to 10 feet) of any bird in North America and can live up to 60 years. It was a joy to watch these large birds soar gracefully on the thermals rising from the Grand Canyon. I was truly fortunate to be in "the right place at the right time" to photograph the closeups of the juvenile condor (junior was on a ledge approximately 10 feet away when I took the photos).