We came out of the resort restaurant Monday night and the ocean was this beautiful pink! The sun sets around 8:30 in Myrtle Beach. Of course the beach faces the east. I had my phone and snapped these photos. They were not altered in any way! I took the elevator to our condo on the 17th floor and looked out to the west. This glorious fireball sun was behind the clouds. Quite a contrast from the soft, silky pink on the other side.
I should note that the pink sea photos were taken at 8:36 and 8:37, and the fireball sun was taken at 8:41 pm.
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Wears Valley, Tennessee
Foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains
Sunlight through the trees
Warm gentle breeze
copyright Toni Hooper 2018
Yesterday was a day of celebration. Not only was it Independence Day, it was Ashley’s birthday. Deliah and I went through our mystery rock bucket we purchased at the magic waterfall. We found amethyst, calcite, fluorite, rose quartz and citrine. We might make jewelry. We played all day then went to Pigeon Forge to watch fireworks. We came back and watched the Spears family launch their LED rockets. I tried some star photos and was too lazy to go get the tripod. I did get one pretty clear shot of the Big Dipper.
Two more days and Dan and I head to Myrtle Beach. I haven’t been there in probably 40 years. I’m sure it has changed quite a bit! Looking forward to week two.
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.