Sedona

Sedona Map Sedona MapINFO: Sedona is a city that straddles the county line between Coconino and Yavapai counties in the northern Verde Valley region of the U.S. state of Arizona.

YEAR: Summer 2010

STORY:  After our helicopter adventure we left the Grand Canyon national park and started our descend back to our start point in Arizona, Phoenix. We had planned to make a quick visit in Sedona and refuel our car and stomachs as well. First we had to drive for more then one hour to reach Flagstaff, and then change direction to Sedona. We didn’t expect to see so very much vegetation on this part of the trip since  we where on a similar road from Phoenix to Flagstaff. Flagstaff is situated about 2000 meter over sea level, and to reach Sedona we had to drive on a really small and speed reduced serpentine road. It was really interesting to see how vegetation and landscape gradually changed the closer we got to Sedona. In the area we saw a little stream which supplied the whole area with water,  making the vegetation and forest flourish. We passed a few view points on our descend, but due to plenty of cars in front and behind, we decided not to stop.

Sedona was a little and beautiful town located in a valley between big and reddish sandstone formations, well known as Red Rocks of Sedona. The formations appear to glow in brilliant orange and red when illuminated by the rising or setting sun. The Red Rocks present a breathtaking backdrop for everything from spiritual pursuits to the hundreds of hiking and mountain biking trails.

We parked our car with intention to find some refreshment and recharge our power. It was much colder than we expected, probably 5-10 Celsius less,  but still hot enough… around 35 C  (95F). It was late afternoon and we still had a lot off car driving to do and this made our stay quite short. We found a store with beautiful handmade Indian crafts and we bought a few silver and stone combined jewelry. On the way back just a few kilometer outside town, we made a stop on the first view point and Itook a few shots.

This short story completes our brief but eventful trip to Arizona. It is a wast land with so much to see and to discover,  and we will definitely return, and now we know exactly where to go and how long to stay…

EQUIPMENT:
• Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

• Lens: Canon EF 16-35 F/2.8 L USM Mark II + circular polarizing filter

PHOTOS: Sedona Sedona

Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon Map Grand Canyon MapINFO: Grand Canyon is a well known steep-sided canyon carved by the Colorado River located in the United States and the state of Arizona. The Grand Canyon is 446 km or 277 miles long, up to 29 km or 18 miles wide and attains a depth of over a mile (1.83 km) (6000 feet). It is a wast area and the easiest way to get a really good overview is to charter a helicopter and fly over the entire region.

YEAR: Summer 2010

STORY: We checked out early in the morning from our hotel in Tuba city. We had planned to drive towards Flagstaff and visit “Sunset Crater” and “Wupatki National Monument” and later continue on to Grand Canyon. After we finished our visit in previous mentioned parks we took a short break in Flagstaff for a lunch. Later out trip continued by entering U.S Highway 40 and then we turned right on 64 and continued all the way to Tusayan.  We spent some time to find a hotel, and to visit the park entrance in order to buy our entrance ticket for the next morning. We also visited the helicopter company which we had booked before hand and got some information in order to prepare us for our guided flight the next day in the park area.
Our guided helicopter adventure was set to start at 11:00 AM which gave us some extra time to visit the park before this in order to take some shots from the ground. It was a nice weather with a clear blue sky and a pleasant temperature. It was a really nice experience to stay at the edge of the canyon and observe the surrounding in the morning light. I saw a few birds and a squirrel jumping around looking for food and this enriched my experience even further. We visited a few view points and then it was time to leave the park and head for the local airport. The airport was located just outside Tusayan and very easy to see from the main road (u.s 64).
After a short briefing at the main building we where ready for start. A group of pilots arrived and started to collect the passengers who had been assigned to fly with them.  We shared our ride with three other persons and when the pilot had explained the rules for how to act inside the cabin, we where ready to enter the vehicle. During the flight the pilot explained everything about the canyons history and answered all our questions. I was sitting on the right side and had a nice free view through the panoramic window. I took plenty of shots using both my camera house’s with different lenses on. Our flight lasted around 45 minutes and it was really interesting and it covered both the north and south rim of the canyon. The whole flight was safe and comfortable without any kind of problems. I will post a few shots taken both from the air and from the ground.

EQUIPMENT:

• Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

• Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

• Lens: Canon EF 16-35 F/2.8 L USM Mark II + circular polarizing filter

• Lens: Canon EF 24-105 F/4 L IS USM + circular polarizing filter

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