I confess… I’ve fallen off schedule with my blogging these past few months… just been having too much fun, I guess – Kauai last month and now just back from ten days in Sedona. But I did work pretty hard at getting some great pictures and that’s what this blog’s all about.
We used Photographing the Southwest as our guide book for an intensive ten days of hiking and photography and it was a great resource for planning the best locations for the best shots. The above image was taken just 15 minutes into West Fork a beautiful trail that crosses back and forth over a small creek.
The next day we followed a scenic and well maintained gravel road for about 45 minutes to Palatki Heritage Site. This approach from the east was a wise choice, affording us spectacular views of the red rocks which surround Sedona.
Palataki is a cliff-dwelling site believed to have been settled 800-1000 years earlier, although some of the petroglyphs are estimated to be 5,000 to 6,000 years old.
We were a week or two early to see much in the way of desert flowers, but I did manage to capture these little purple fellows on a short hike in Marg’s Draw, just ten minutes from Uptown Sedona.
Of course no set of images from Sedona would be complete without this iconic shot of Cathedral Rock. This is one of the most famous images of the Southwest and I had to have it, even if it meant standing in an ankle deep, glacier fed creek for almost an hour waiting for the late afteernoon sun to dip down low enough to paint the rocks with a rusty-red hue.
But the real bonus of the trip was this final shot as I was heading back to the car. I think it’s my favourite.
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