All of these images are in Sedona.  Though I may add images from other locales in the future, I am very much enjoying capturing the natural beauty of Sedona.

232 Jim Thompson Trail

232 Jim Thompson Trail

One of the wonderful things about Sedona is that you can have the sense and experience of hiking a wilderness trail while no more than a mile from civilization.  One of the main roads in Uptown Sedona is Jordan Road.  If you follow it to its end it will lead you to a large parking lot a mile or so after the pavement ends.  There are several trailheads that converge at this parking lot.  Jim Thompson Trail goes from the Jordan Road parking lot to Midgley Bridge - another convergence point for numerous trails.

249 Sunset behind Cath Rk 

249 Sunset Behind Cathedral Rock

Everyday at sunset numerous photographers — professional and amateur alike — gather to the west of Cathedral Rock to capture the last light of day on this famous rock formation.  I chose to approach it from the east, creating a silhouette against the setting sun.

260 Golden Shower 

260 Golden Shower Over Cottonwood

Cottonwood is the next town west of Sedona — about 15 miles. I could see the clouds forming from Sedona and drove west until I got to a high spot where I could get a better view. The sky was aglow for about 25 minutes, but I barely made it to this spot in time. I set up my camera and captured this image just before sunset. Five minutes later it was too dark to light up the forground.

242 Tree at Cath Rk Overlook

242 Tree at Cathedral Rock Overlook

There are several parking areas on Red Rock Loop Road where people go to take photos of Cathedral Rock and the other formations in the valley - especially at sunset.  This image was captured shortly before sunset.

227 Oak Creek Gorge

227 Oak Creek Gorge

This colorful rock formation is between Uptown Sedona and Midgley Bridge.  In this area, Oak Creek runs along the bottom of a gorge.  Oak Creek Canyon was formed in the same era as the Grand Canyon. 

218 Sedona Sunrise

218 Sedona Sunrise

This was one of many photos taken on a cold February morning.  I was here about an hour before sunrise to be sure of getting the first light of the day.  When it eventually became clear that the sun wasn’t going to break through the clouds any time soon I finally gave up shooting for the day.  I wasn’t very happy with my results at first but was quite surprised and pleased by the effects that I was able to create using some artistic techniques in Photoshop.  The mist in the valley was not visible in the untouched photo.

267 Falling Leaves 

267 Falling Leaves and Cathedral Rock

Late in the Fall, most trees in Red Rock Crossing had already lost their leaves. These two trees offered an interesting foreground for Cathedral Rock just days before they joined their fellow trees in winter attire.

263 Field of Gold 

263 Field of Gold

I was returning from Flagstaff on a beautiful Fall afternoon when I was amazed to see yellow wildflowers everywhere. I stopped long enough to capture this image and continued my trip back to Sedona. A few days later, I decided to return to this spot for a longer photoshoot. When I arrived there was no evidence that these flowers had ever existed.  Lesson learned — sieze the moment.  It may never come again.

200 The Devil's Kitchen

200 The Devil's Kitchen

Though it is not obvious in this photo there is a huge cavern in the left side of the frame.  It is visible from any high point in the general area and the rock that once covered it now fills much of the pit.  It is commonly referred to as the Devil’s Kitchen and is a popular spot for Jeep tours and photographers.  I was more intrigued by the natural cactus garden in the foreground on the right against the red rock background and blue sky.

217 Tree with a View

217 Tree with a View

Every time I turn onto Upper Red Rock Loop and drive past the High School my jaw drops as I round the turn and get my first glimpse of Cathedral Rock, Courthouse Rock, and all the other formations that fill this valley.  I am always surprised by the massiveness and majesty of these rocks though I have seen them so often.  The tree in the foreground is a favorite spot for visitors to gather around and have their pictures taken against this magnificent backdrop.  It has one of the best views in a city that has great views everywhere.  I envy the tree for its little patch of real estate.

264 Reflections of Cathedral Rock 

264 Reflections of Cathedral Rock

One of my favorite spots along Oak Creek

250 Summer Storm 

250 Summer Storm in Jack's Canyon

There are several parking areas on Red Rock Loop Road where people go to take photos of Cathedral Rock and the other formations in the valley - especially at sunset.  This image was captured shortly before sunset.

262 Switchbacks 

262 Switchbacks of Oak Creek Canyon

Route 89A travels through Oak Creek Canyon connecting Sedona and Flagstaff. In the 28 mile trip, the elevation increases by more than 2000 feet.  Most of the trip is a gradual incline.  This series of switchbacks is the exception and accounts for a good bit of the rise.  This spot is about 18 miles north of Sedona.

204 Old Friends

204 Old Friends

I wonder how long these two old trees have stood side by side through all types of weather.  They represent a type of stability and endurance in a rapidly changing world.  Though twisted and damaged they remain strong and vital.

243 Coffe Pot Rock & Friends

243 Coffee Pot Rock & Friends

Coffee Pot Rock is at the far left of this group.  From this point of perspective , the coffee pot shape is not at all apparent.  The view is from Soldiers Pass Trail near the Seven Pools.

265 Picnic at Red Rock Crossing 

265 Picnic at Red Rock Crossing

I waited for over an hour hoping that this couple would abandon their spot and give me a clean shot. At one point I setup my tripod a foot or so from them. They didn't even notice. I finally decided to just step back a bit and take in the day that they were enjoying so much. I now feel that they enhanced the experience for me and helped to humanize the image. I can easily imagine myself in this same spot on such a beautiful fall day.

225 Courthouse Rock

225 Courthouse Rock at Sunset

This photo was taken at the same time and place as “206 Bell Rock at Sunset.”

238 The Fish

238 The Fish

This formation reminds me of a fish breaking the water to devour an insect or fishing lore.

207 View from Cowpies

207 A View from Cow Pies

After enduring several miles of driving along a very rugged dirt road (Schnebley Hill Road) or a five mile hike from the last paved parking lot, this area provides a welcome resting spot.  It is generally referred to as “Cow Pies” because the rock formations resemble a stack of cow pies.

230 Fay Canyon Formation

230 Fay Canyon Formation

Fay Canyon is one of my favorite hiking trails.  This rock formation is one of the many interesting views from the trail.

248 The Mallet 

248 The Mallet

I love this rock formation along the Fay Canyon Trail.  The large rock on the right reminds me of the shape of the wooden mallets that wood carvers use to tap their chisels.

266 Oak Creek at Cathedral Rock 

266 Oak Creek and Cathedral Rock

Another view of Cathedral Rock.  It constantly changes with the seasons, the weather, and the time of day.

246 Baldwin Trail 

246 Baldwin Trail

That is Cathedral Rock in the background.

201 Baby Bell Rock 

201 Baby Bell Rock

The relatively small formation in the center of this photo is referred to as Baby Bell Rock.  The two rocks in the upper left corner that look like roller skates are called the Nuns because of their appearance from the road leading to the Chapel of the Holy Cross.  Just beyond the Nuns is “Chicken Point”, a very popular stop on the Broken Arrow Jeep Tour.  Chicken Point is also accessible from Little Horse Trail.

202 The Hug 

202 The Hug

This image is from Tea Cup Trail near Soldiers Pass.  My first impression was that the tree appears to be hugging the rock.  My wife pointed out that the rock appears to be “nudging” the tree.  Either way, I wonder how long these two have been sharing this space and view.

210 Cath Rock in Winter 

210 Cathedral Rock in Winter

Cathederal Rock is the most photographed spot in Arizona - and we have the Grand Canyon!  The water in the foreground is Oak Creek which runs down from Flagstaff.  In spring as the snow begins to melt the creek runs fast and very cold.  In summer it is a favorite swimming hole.  The view is from Red Rock Crossing State Park.  This is the view that most people are familiar with.

244 Coffee Pot Rock B&W 

244 Coffee Pot Rock & Friends B&W

I generally don’t care for B&W photos but some landscapes lend themselves to the style.

247 Chapel Panorama 

247 Chapel Panorama

The Chapel of the Holy Cross has some great views as well as interesting architecture.  If you can enlarge this image you will see a reflection of the rocks behind the chapel as well as the view from inside the chapel.

239 Oak Creek Xing 

239 Oak Creek Crossing

This drive crosses Oak Creek just south of the Junipine Resort in Oak Creek Canyon.  It leads to a private community.  This is also the subject of image 222 below.

240 Rocks in Stream 

240 Rocks in a Stream

For me, this image is a study in texture, color, and flow.  On the left, the water is still but on the right it is flowing rapidly over the rocks.

223 Falls Entrance 

223 Falls Entrance

I was particularly taken by the white barked trees on the right side of the driveway.

208 Rock Sitting 

208 Rock Sitting

There are many great spots to take a book and enjoy the fresh air and bright sunshine.  That is Courthouse Rock in the background.

216 The Mallet Closeup

216 The Mallet Closeup

This unusual rock formation is adjacent to Fay Canyon Trail.

231 Midgley Bridge 

231 Midgley Bridge

This view is only about 30 feet from the parking lot.

205 Happy Trails 

205 Happy Trails

In this photo, my wife was happily hiking down the trail and the old Roy Rogers theme song came to mind.   This path is part of Mund’s Wagon Trail and runs parallel to Schnebley Hill Road.

234 The Locomotive 

234 The Locomotive on Fay Canyon Trail

Another great rock formation along Fay Canyon

222 Falls Road 

222 Falls Road

I have always admired this road that crosses Oak Creek  just south of the Junipine Inn in Oak Creek Canyon along Route 89A between Sedona and Flagstaff.  The setting is very idyllic and not easily captured with a camera.  This image and two others were artistically enhanced in a way that I feel does them more justice.  Those enhanced images are on the ARTISTIC page.

241 Table Rock 

241 Table Rock

This flat rock looks like it would make a great picnic table.

214 Rocks & Roots 

214 Rocks & Roots

Trees here cling tenaciously to life.  Rocks and exposed roots don’t seem to hamper their growth.  This particular tree is growing along the Mund’s Wagon Trail.

226 Cathedral Rock fr VV School Rd

226 Cathedral Rock at Sunset from Verde Valley School Road

This view is 180 degrees from the view at Red Rock Crossing.

233 Midgley Bridge Pano 

233 Midgley Bridge Panorama

As you leave Sedona going toward Flagstaff on Route 89A, you cross over Midgley Bridge.  There is a small parking lot at the Northern end of the bridge.  You can either hike one of the many trails that converge here or simply climb down to Oak Creek which passes under the bridge.  In either case there are many picturesque views like this one.

229 Gully Baldwin Trail 

229 Gully on Baldwin Trail

I was intrigued by this gully along Baldwin Trail on my way to Red Rock Crossing.

212 Climbing Bell Rock 

212 Climbing Bell Rock

These climbers are very near the top of Bell Rock.  I tracked their progress for more than an hour.

215 Bell Rock Panorama 

215 Bell Rock Panorama

This is the view from Bell Rock looking toward Airport Mesa.

228 Falls at RR Xing 

228 Falls at Red Rock Crossing

209 The Cave 

209 The Cave

This inviting cave is near Cow Pies.

211 The Chapel 

211 The Chapel of the Holy Cross from Baby Bell Rock

The Chapel is just above dead center in this photo.  As you can see it normally fades into the background.

235 Tree Roots 

235 Tree Roots

206 Bell Rock at Sunset

206 Bell Rock at Sunset

This photo was taken from Yavapai Point parking lot shortly before sunset.

203 Tire Tracks 

203 Tire Tracks !!

There are vertical black streaks on many of the red rock formations in this area.  The Jeep Tour drivers are fond of telling visitors that they are Jeep Skid Marks.  Although they are horizontal, when I saw the indentations in this rock I couldn’t help but notice the resemblance to tire treads.

213 Spotlight on the Chapel 

213 Spotlight on the Chapel

As I mentioned earlier in regards to image 210, the Chapel normally fades into the background and is often difficult to find even for locals who know where to look.  This is an untouched photo taken just minutes before sunset.  The sunlight is coming through a V in the rocks to the left of the image.

237 The Sphinx 

237 The Sphinx

This is a more expansive view of the Devil’s Kitchen area (image 200 above) on Soldiers Pass Trail.

219 West Sedona Pano 

219 West Sedona Panorama

Life in West Sedona is continuously enhanced by this magnificent view.  This scene was captured from Airport Mesa.  There is a very popular viewing area next to Sky Ranch Hotel were tourists and locals gather every evening to watch and record the sun set on these awe inspiring rocks.  The highest point is Capital Butte (also known as Thunder Mountain) and Coffee Pot Rock is on the far right of this group of Red Rocks.

220 WF Wall 

220 West Fork Wall

Route 89A connects Sedona with Flagstaff and runs through scenic Oak Creek Canyon.  About half way up the canyon is West Fork - one of the most scenic spots in this scenic paradise.  If you have lived or hiked in this area, you will immediately recognize photos taken at West Fork because some features such as this rock wall are so distinctive.  West Fork was the setting for Zane Grey’s novel “Call of the Canyon.”

221 OC near Cath Rk 

221 Oak Creek near Cathedral Rock

This is just one of the numerous places along Oak Creek that offers a view of Cathedral Rock.

224 Driveway 

224 Driveway

This image gives a better idea of the falls created by the road.

245 Rocks in a Gorge 

245 Rocks in a Gorge

236 Bell Rock 

236 Bell Rock

   

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