Looking over a swamp.
What I saw.
Looking over a swamp.
What I saw.
These shots were taken as the sun hit the Red Rock formations.
The golden hour highlights the red / brown color of the buttes while the mountains remain the light stone. It creates a great contrast in photographs.
The Verde Canyon Railroad is the current version of the old Perkins Copper Mine system. No mine runs now but the rail lines are maintained and several times a week a full train of old Pullman cars makes the round trip.
Tourists are now the cargo. Photographers have open sided flat cars from where the canyons and open prairie lands can be seen.
The round trip is about 4 hours and travels through tunnels, along deep canyons, and even old Native American pueblos high up in the rock.
The destination is the old town of Perkinsville, the mine company town. There is nothing but cattle, Roadrunners, and abandon buildings now. Great photo opp!
The old western telegraph lines caught my attention. Lines were added in the mid 1800’s to provide communication between the town and the outside world. They were never removed and still stand, some wires at the ready. Anyone who has ever watched an old western movie has seen these old telegraphs in action. It struck me as a real piece of the old west, not a Hollywood prop. I liked this as much as anything else on the trip.
There is no such thing as a bad sunset, but some are better than others. These images are the ones I liked best. I could not pick just one.
And the last, while not as dramatic, might be my favorite. If I had to pick one.
Kendrick Peak, in the Arizona Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, is over 10,000 feet, It is the highest mountain in the San Francisco volcanic fields.
The area that I photographed is wide open prairie lands with spruce and pine forests closer to the mountain base.
The views here are like nothing I have ever seen. Wide open spaces, mountain back drops, no people. They do graze cattle here, but none when I was there.
This was an unplanned stop, but it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
Flagstaff Arizona is near by so if in the area be sure to go here.
Outside Sedona, AZ. there is roadside store that eventually will suck you in.
The 10 foot chicken in the entrance catches your eye first, but here that’s still not enough to hook you. We drove past a few times without stopping, discussed it, but kept moving on.
The color, bright familiar signs, and strange displays will finally get to you. How do you pass a pile of ceramic skulls under a giant red Coke sign?
Mexican style pottery is the main attraction. Once you’re inside you will find plenty of things you can’t possibly live without but don’t need.
How can you not buy an S & H Green Stamps sign or a relaxing 5 foot Thai deity.
No trip into Red Rock is complete without photographing Cathedral Rock. It’s almost a requirement to shoot from across Oak Creek. So I did.
We also went to a different location to capture the back side. There is nothing bad you can say about this scenery, but using Oak Creek in the shot works better.
On my last day hiking up Sugar Loaf it occurred to me most of the photographs were either up the mountain or off to the canyons. The actual trail was a beautiful adventure all to itself.
We have traveled over the years but this was completely different. Even the old weathered trees were artful. A first impression is rough red rocks and dirt. After a while you notice all the different greens and the abundance of tiny but colorful brush flowers.
The wildlife here is timid, I imagine life is hard.
However, one day off in the distance I heard a siren, perhaps an ambulance, sounds travels here. Anyway, as the siren sounded I could hear others sing along. Coyotes from different directions joined in. At home it would have been my dog. Here it was a reminder of where we were.