Tag Archives: Southwest

Colors And Pottery – Something For Everyone

Outside Sedona, AZ. there is roadside store that eventually will suck you in.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

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.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

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?

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

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.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

How can you not buy an S & H Green Stamps sign or a relaxing 5 foot Thai deity.

 

Cathedral Rock

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.

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Cathedral Rock – Click To Enlarge

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.

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Cathedral Rock – Click To Enlarge

 

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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.

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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.

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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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Lesser Goldfinch

These shots are of another bird I had never seen before.

It was obvious the were some type of Goldfinch. I just could not get close enough to really see them.

Finally I did get a few photos. The background and light were not great yet I could see them enough to get these.

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Lesser Goldfinch – Click To Enlarge

Strictly a Southwestern bird. Like their east coast relatives they travel in small flocks. I only saw them close to streams with fields.

 

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.

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Scene From A Balloon – Click To Enlarge

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

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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.

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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.

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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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Female Black-chinned Hummingbird

A few days ago I published photos of a Black-chinned male Hummingbird, now I found a few shots of a female.

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Female Black-chinned Hummingbird – Click To Enlarge

If you compare this image to one of a Ruby-throated you will see the difference immediately. Here the female has no coloring or markings at all across her front body.

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Female Black-chinned Hummingbird – Click To Enlarge

I’m getting good at this! Well, page 250 in my handbook has helped as well as a long Sigma 500mm lens.