Tag Archives: Canyons

Sugar Loaf Head Trail

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.

Sugar Loaf Head Trail - Click To Enlarge
Sugar Loaf Head Trail – Click To Enlarge

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.

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Sugar Loaf Head Trail – Click To Enlarge
Sugar Loaf Head Trail - Click To Enlarge
Sugar Loaf Head Trail – Click To Enlarge

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.

Sugar Loaf Head Trail Chimney Rock - Click To Enlarge
Sugar Loaf Head Trail Chimney Rock – Click To Enlarge

 

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Red Rock Formations

The solitude is what draws me to this canyon and the rocks more than any place else.

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Red Rock Formations – Click To Enlarge

There are trails, you will greet other hikers once in a while, but all around you is this. I don’t see how you could get tired of seeing it.

Both shots taken from the same trail just different places along the way. It’s just a wonderful place to stop and look….. by yourself.

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Red Rock Formations – Click To Enlarge

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From A Balloon

If I wasn’t so obsessed about getting photographs from above the canyons I would never have been there in the first place.  Not only do you fly around in a picnic basket, there’s no way to steer these things.

Scene From A Balloon - Click To Enlarge
Scene From A Balloon – Click To Enlarge

Did I mention the flaming propane tank by your head? Wear a hat.

Scene From A Balloon - Click To Enlarge
Scene From A Balloon – Click To Enlarge

All that craziness changes once the people below let you go free. It’s hard to believe how gentle and soft you fly off. Not once did we feel any bumps, or even motion. A soft breeze, that’s it. Amazing but the  height never occurred to anyone, not even me.

Scene From A Balloon - Click To Enlarge
Scene From A Balloon – Click To Enlarge
Scene From A Balloon - Click To Enlarge
Scene From A Balloon – Click To Enlarge

I got all the shots from above I could want. Sunrise, buttes, and hills.

Scene From A Balloon - Click To Enlarge
Scene From A Balloon – Click To Enlarge

It was so comfortable I took my time composing images and taking different exposures.

Before you know it, time to land.

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It turns out just fine.

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Changing Looks Of Sugar Loaf

These shots were taken all within about 20 minutes of each other. Each is a view looking up towards Sugar Loaf mesa in Sedona, AZ.

Dawn Breaking Sugar Loaf - Click To Enlarge
Dawn Breaking Sugar Loaf – Click To Enlarge

On a previous morning I noticed how the sun and rocks changed so fast while climbing to the top. This day I tried to capture a few scenes of the same general position while hiking up.

Dawn Breaking Sugar Loaf - Click To Enlarge
Dawn Breaking Sugar Loaf – Click To Enlarge
Dawn Breaking Sugar Loaf - Click To Enlarge
Dawn Breaking Sugar Loaf – Click To Enlarge

I believe somewhere around the last stop I usually had to stop and catch my breath. Not even close to the top either.

 

The Mung Wagon Trail

Yes there was a storm coming, obviously the shots highlight this ‘a bit much’. However, that’s because this was the wagon trail to Hades.

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Mung Wagon Trail – Click To Enlarge
Mung Wagon Trail - Click To Enlarge
Mung Wagon Trail – Click To Enlarge

While a beautiful spot the trail was a thin stretch of hard packed dirt and rock, right on a spiral cliff / hole dropping into nowhere.

I don’t know who Mr. Mung was, or better yet what kind of wagons they had, but really…….. what was he thinking?

 

HDR On The Butte

I have been wondering just how to show the beauty seen from Sugar Loaf rock. I had the opportunity to climb it several times 2 weeks ago. I have hundreds of shots taken during the hikes but have not gotten around to viewing them all.

I stumbled on 2 shots taken using HDR (3 images merged to capture all the color and light ranges). I will still work with my other photographs but could not resist adding these now.

Coffee Pot Rock - Click To Enlarge
Coffee Pot Rock – Click To Enlarge

Coffee Pot rock, elevation of 4,500 feet. This was taken from the back side of Sugar Loaf, around 1/2 to the top. Sugar Loaf is also 4,500 feet.

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Capital Butte – Click To Enlarge

To the left of Coffee Pot is Capital Butte. This rock is at 6,300 feet elevation.

Considering I live at an elevation of 173 feet I have no idea how I got up and down! I did stop to catch my breath often, but glad I didn’t know how high I actually was.

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I Hate Heights

Canyon Bridge - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Bridge – Click To Enlarge

Recently on a trip a friend was kind enough to pull off the road and show me the bridge we were about to cross. I’m not sure what I did to warrant this gesture but I did want to get a few shots of it before I died.

So of course I climbed down and underneath it, looked up, looked down, screamed, and took the photo above. At least this is how it looked to me at the time.

I did get a few others from below, hanging on the abyss, but they were a little blurry, hand shake maybe.

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Canyon Bridge – Click To Enlarge

The rest of the shots were from a relatively safe distance from the cliffs. However, look at this. Who wouldn’t have second thoughts about driving across!

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Canyon Bridge – Click To Enlarge

I now know how to deal with heights, bring my camera. I’ll try most anything for the shot. I might scream and wail a bit. But I’ll get over it.

 

 

 

 

Down The Canyon

I found it very hard to capture a different view of the Grand Canyon. First is the enormous size. Taking a 10 shot panorama on the edge of a cliff was not happening. At this elevation there is always wind.  And I hate heights! !

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Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

The sun and distance gave every long shot a haze.

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Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

I did find an incredible beauty on the canyon walls. Just a small patch of earth was enough for a garden to grow.

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Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

A walk along the rim and changing light created an ever changing look.

Looking Down The Canyon - Click To Enlarge
Looking Down The Canyon – Click To Enlarge

The image above is my favorite. Instead of looking down and to the distant formations all I needed was shade and a small scrub tree garden.

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