After another great day of hiking and photographing we headed to Bell Rock for sundown. We hiked up and had a powerful meditation. I played my new flute that I bought at High Spirits Flutes in Patagonia. The vortex there is very powerful!
We went to dinner with a glass of wine and waited for dark. It is so beautiful and soooo dark. I have been trying to get a star photo forever. The photographer at Rollie’s Camera in Sedona gave me some tips and told me a good location. Lynn is the best friend ever as she patiently waited in the cold while I played. I was so happy with my results. What a fabulous way to spend the last night!
Yes Carl Sagan you are correct, billions and billions of stars! Isn’t the cosmos grand?
Spectacular view from Eagle’s Nest in Red Rock State Park
Wednesday we headed out to start our exploration of Sedona. This part of Arizona is magical. The rock formations can be seen from anywhere. We started the day at Red Rock State Park. We took the two mile hike up to Eagle’s Nest. Two miles may not seem very far but it was quite the climb on a dirt and rock trail with dozens of switchbacks, but worth every step.
Next we drove to Crescent Moon Ranch and took the trail that runs along Oak Creek to Cathedral Rock. Again not disappointed!
Starving after a day of hiking we went to Rimcon to eat. Mexican food Arizona style. Yum! Steak tacos and Navajo pizza!
Sedona is a great place to see the stars and there are billions visible. It’s what they call a “dark city” and that just means they have low city lights so that the night sky is more spectacular. I’m getting in some practice on my astrophotography. Needless to say I’m quite the beginner, but what better place to practice.
White white falling down
Turned my smile into a frown
Car in driveway stuck again
Suddenly frown becomes a grin!
Watching snowflakes drift and weave
A meditative time to breathe.
The garden sleeps but soon will rise
With warm spring beauty for our eyes.
It’s just winter….
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Stagnant pond, ethereal blue
What secrets can we learn from you?
Are you a silent portal to worlds below?
Or will the sun shine down, and ever so slow
Gently take you back to heaven?
Copyright Toni Hooper 2017
I went to say goodbye to Pompano beach. The sun rose behind the clouds and then the clouds took over. It was still beautiful. I think the sun was sad to see us go.
I just read an article by photographer Jason Bradley in which he commented about how often we photographers get caught up in the gear. He stresses that we look at the scene. Think about what we want our viewers to see. What do you want to say? He says to pay attention to the first thought, the first thing that caught your eye. As I made my walk down to the beach for sunrise I remembered what I had read. Thank you Jason! This morning it was about color. Pure and simple. The change of color and the absolute brilliance and fire, that was my subject.
I saw pictures of myself on my Yellowstone trip and I looked so weighed down by the cameras hanging off my body. Really, did I need three? I brought my tripod to the beach. Never even opened it.
So here is sunrise today.
Color and clouds
Pure and simple
Life streaks across the morning horizon