Slide Rock

Slide Rock

The stream running through the woods at Slide Rock State Park in Sedona, AZ...

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The mountains of Sedona

The mountains of Sedona

A trio of shots overlooking the mountains outside of Sedona, Arizona...so beautiful there!

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Exploring Plaza Blanca

Exploring Plaza Blanca

Back in March, we spent some time in Abiquiu, New Mexico and one afternoon went out to explore a nearby spot known as the White Place, or Plaza Blanca.  It's famous for being the favorite local spot and frequent inspiration of famed artist Georgia O'Keeffe, and it's pretty magnificent.  Today's post is a collection of 23 photos I captured while hiking around there one afternoon.  It's almost a lunar landscape, and I think you will enjoy this.  Have a look!

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Sedona seduces

Sedona seduces

We spent a few days in lovely and enticing Sedona recently, and it was fabulous.  I can see why people are drawn there.  Even with temps soaring into the 100's, I was able to get out and shoot (without melting!) and even got some great skies while doing so.  Have a look at these 14 pics and enjoy!

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A Santa Fe sunset

I am not sure why, but it seems that the sunsets in New Mexico are always pretty spectacular.  The color in the sky is always very vibrant and saturated, and I love that.  I can imagine taking a lot of photos of the sky if I lived there.

I grabbed this shot one evening in Santa Fe, when I was up on top of the one hill in town, where you can find the Cross of the Martyrs.  While there are a lot of mountains outside of town, inside of town it seems there is just this one hill.

This spot offers a commanding view of the town, but since Santa Fe is not exactly a large town, and one without any skyscraper-type buildings, don’t go up there with expectations of shooting an amazing skyline shot.  There’s not really a skyline to shoot.

But that’s ok, because as you can see if you read my list of best places to shoot in Santa Fe, there is a LOT of awesomeness to shoot there.

The view from Alcove House

I was in Santa Fe, NM recently and had the opportunity to drive out to Bandelier National Monument, which is less than an hour away.  Despite having been in Santa Fe (and other parts of Northern New Mexico) many times, I had never made it to this place before.  I’m glad I did this time.

It’s an incredibly interesting place that resides deep in a canyon.  There are both petroglyphs and ancient dwelling carved into the rock cliffs.  It’s cool to be in the presence of something that has been inhabited by humans for thousands of years.

The largest (and hardest to reach - up several wooden ladders and multiple steps carved into the stone cliff face) dwelling is known as Alcove House and it’s pretty sizable.  It was a rigorous climb up here, but well worth it for the view and the pictures!

The open road

There's just something about the open road out West - it just pulls you in.  Wide open spaces, mountains in the distance, and nice puffy clouds floating by...click.

I took this shot out the car window while driving on a back road outside of Abiquiu, New Mexico.  We were heading to the Christ in the Desert Monastery.  It was something like 13 miles down this road.  Though the monastery was interesting, I don't think I would go back - unless I just wanted more road shots!

The grand vista of Tent Rocks

Day 2 of Santa Fe week: The Grand Vista of Tent Rocks!

Tent Rocks is an amazing place.  It's less than an hour away from Santa Fe, but well worth the drive.  It's almost like being on another planet.  The landscapes are incredible and the Tent Rocks themselves are so interesting.  They are these cone-shaped rocks you see in the foreground.  I had hiked up to the top of the mesa - a little bit of work, but well worth it - in hopes of getting a great view of these strange and interesting rock formations.  I have so many shots from the mesa top - it's actually a long and winding ridge up there - but wanted to start with this one, since it gives a good POV on these formations.

Here's another one, this one in landscape orientation instead of portrait, but from about the same spot.

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