We watched the weather for weeks hoping to get the 'perfect' day to drive north and get some winter snow photography. I love the red rocks of Sedona covered with snow so that location was my first choice. Finally, it seemed like that perfect day had arrived. Six photographers, pretty nice weather and lots of shared company make a very nice photo adventure. Kati was in Sedona the day before we drove up and has graciously contributed her photos showing the storm clouds building up and then snow falling. Enjoy.
A major winter storm moved across Arizona on New Year's Eve. We checked out Sedona, and specifically Crescent Moon, also known by some as Red Rock Crossing, to experience a most unusual photographic opportunity.
We left with safety and caution as our guides as to how far north we would drive (note to self, remind mom we are responsible)! What really drove us was the excitement to see what might be covering those gorgeous red rocks. But first . . .
On our way to Crescent Moon. Can't complain about this scenery. Tom rode 'camera' as we drove.
One of the nicest photographic opportunities at this location is, of course, to capture reflections. Usually one is restricted to reflections off Oak Creek. But, after monsoon storms or snow melts, there is one place everyone loves to check out. It is a big slab of red rock with indentations. It is located so that if you are clever, patient and work your shot, you can get some interesting reflections. On this day there was not much in any of the pools so it was a tough assignment!
At some point you have to leave. Right? Dang it! Tom caught some late Golden Hour shots from the car as we headed home. A full day of magic. Must admit, it was a long ride home.
Before heading to Red Rock Crossing we drove up the hill to the airport's overlook. From there you can see a wide swath of Sedona. It was midday . . . so . . . well, the light was not the best! But, after a fair amount of grousing about the light, you have to admit that at least one person in the group was up to the challenge!
Our goal in going to Red Rock Crossing was to capture some fall yellows, reflections and maybe a clever closeup or two . . . against the gorgeous backdrop of Cathedral Rock. A bonus would be a great golden hour, turning the rock a brilliant fiery orange that reflected back onto Oak Creek. We will leave it to our viewers to decide if we got what we went for. For us? Well, when ten friends get together with a common interest in photography the outcome is usually memorable.
You know something is up when you spot a line of photographers with their black noses all pointed in the same direction, such as we have above and below. What you don't know is how many 'interpretations' of the scene you will get. Enjoy them all.
Our hikers took up the trail to the top of the Cathedral Rock. They mentioned one mile and then said it was a bit like Piestewa Peak. That meant it was 'arduous', difficult, and definitely not meant for the ordinary person unprepared for that kind of hike. Their images were awesome!!
If you hike up the creek far enough you come to a forest of cairns. Hundreds of them!! I believe the area is referred to as Buddha Beach. I was told it is very bad karma to steal a rock from someone else's cairn creation.
As the Golden Hour settled in we were able to capitalize on that precious gold and get in a few more shots that really emphasizes the gold.