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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

Flagstaff Area

Flagstaff Map Flagstaff MapINFO: Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is a U.S. National Monument in the north-central part of Arizona, intended to protect Sunset Crater, a cinder cone that is part of the San Francisco Volcanic Field. It is maintained by the National Park Service in close conjunction with nearby “Wupatki National Monument” rich in Native American ruins.

YEAR: Summer 2010

STORY: We rose and shined early from our hotel in Tuba city. We had planned to drive towards Flagstaff and visit “Sunset Crater” and “Wupatki National Monument”.  Those two places are located around 35 km (56 miles) north-east from Flagstaff. After just a little over one hour drive we entered the park area from road 89. You can enter the park from two different entrances and we choose to take the first entrance (if you are driving from Flagstaff) and visit the crater area first, and the Indian ruins secondly. I took a few shots of the crater and its surroundings, and then we continued our trip to the ruins. During the short drive we noticed that the land was reddish and dry, and vegetation was very scarce. Wukoki Ruins was first in line to visit and had some really interesting ruins mounted on top of a big stone. I snapped a few shots and then switched to another camera hoping to capture a bird or a reptile. I guess it was a bit ambitious of me, expecting to see them at this hour of the day considering how hot it was. Luckily there where a few small birds flying around which I actually managed to capture. I also found a very colorful lizard resting in the shade by the ruins, which I however didn’t manage to capture.

Next place was a Wupatki ruins which was bigger and much more complex than the other, it even had a visitor center and guides. We where approached by one of the guides who where quiet an enthusiast, and had lots of interesting facts to share with us regarding the ruins. She explained that in the ruins the ancient indians had created a room which actually had air conditioning, and it was connected to something which she called an air-hole, located several meters below the ruins itself. Standing by the small air-hole, if you placed your hand on top of it, you could actually feel quite a strong draft coming out from it. Building such a thing was quite an accomplishment considering that it still works to this day. While walking along the ruins, a bird of prey was hoovering above us, creating quite a feeling and an ancient atmosphere. I managed to capture it while it was sweeping the air above us. I believe it was a Red-tailed hawk, but I am not sure.

EQUIPMENT:
• Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

• Camera: Canon EOS 1D Mark IV

• Lenses: EF 16-35 F/2.8 L USM Mark II with circular polarizing filter

• Lenses: EF 100-400 F/4.5 – 5.6 L IS USM

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Meteor crater

Meteor Crater Map Meteor Crater MapINFO: Meteor crater is a meteorite impact crater located approximately 69 km or 43 miles east of Flagstaff, near Winslow in the northern Arizona desert. Meteor crater lies at an elevation of about 1,740 m (5,709 ft) above sea level. It is about 1,200 m (4,000 ft) in diameter, some 170 m deep (570 ft), and is surrounded by a rim that rises 45 m (150 ft) above the surrounding plains. This site was #1 on our Arizona trip list, and most unique.

YEAR: Summer 2010

STORY: After we landed on Phoenix International Airport, we collected our belongings and caught the bus to the car rental pickup. We planned long distance drives on all types of roads and therefore we rented a four wheel drive. It was late afternoon and we enjoyed a beautiful sunset on the way to the hotel. The outside temperature was unbearable, it was slightly above 42 degrees C (108 F), considering we are from Scandinavia and used to a much cooler climate, we almost started to doubt our choice of destination.

We head off early the following morning and found our way to the Meteor crater by using our previously programmed GPS. We stocked up with  plenty of water and snacks and started our adventure. First we had to drive North all the way to Flagstaff and then turn to the East and continue on the U.S Highway 40 for about 70km (112 miles). It was pretty easy to find even without a GPS.

When we first saw the crater, we where really astonished to see how large it was. It must have been an enormous meteor that crashed in order to create such a large crater. It made us realize how small we humans really are against the forces of the universe. They offered guided tours where one could walk around the rim of the crater, but unfortunately we came a bit late so the last tour had just left. We spent some time taking photos from the other panoramic view points instead. It was really hot outside and we decided to spend some time inside the air conditioned visitor centre. They offered a short movie explaining the history of the place based on scientific research performed in the crater,  and also a brief description on what happens when a meteor enters Earth’s atmosphere. It’s lots of things to see inside the museum located inside the visitor centre as well, including a big lump of the original meteor. After having spent a few hours in the area we decided to drive back to Flagstaff and find a new accommodation for the night.

EQUPMENT:
• Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II

• Camera: Canon EF 16-35 F/2.8 Mark II and circular polarizing filter.

PHOTO:  Meteror Crater Meteror Crater panoramic view