It only took me about a year of living in Arizona to make my first trip to Sedona, AZ.... I've not yet been to the Grand Canyon, but from what people had told me prior to my visit to Sedona, was that Sedona was much more magnificent than the big hole in the Earth we have come to love (Grand Canyon). After seeing this ^ above picture I'm sure they were right. How can you beat those views?!?
This trip was made possible thanks to Chloe's parents coming to visit for the week. Otherwise we wouldn't have had much reason to take a random friday trip up to this beautiful place. This article will be more of a short photo story of the days awesome events! It has also taken me more than 2 months to get this bad boy completed... so you might have already seen these photos posted on my Facebook page.
Once we got into town after a very long drive we decided to stop and get a map in hopes of finding a good trail to hike!
After getting our map we headed up to get a bite to eat. We shall not speak of this horrid experience at Wildflower Cafe. Once we ate our lunch, if you could call it that we decided on hiking Cathedral Rock. We would later find out on a jeep tour that this is a noted spot for Vortexes. Here are a few fun shots from our hike.
These have just been quick snapshots from the hike, nothing really set up or too much thought into. Just a quick documentation of our fun hike. You can see Chloe and her mom and dad, and a few of me with her. Her mom and dad decided to stay and relax at the tree while Chloe and I continued our hike higher up the mountain.
After this photo was taken I took some time to capture a few shots to create the awesome panorama you see at the start of this article. Surprisingly enough I shot it with my Canon 85mm f/1.8, and is comprised of 5 separate photos, hand stitched together in photoshop cc.
After this we headed back down the mountain because we had a sunset Jeep tour we had to get back for. The next series of images will be from that. It was a blast, and we had a great tour guide who told us all about the different vortex sites around Sedona.
And as the sun was setting at the end of our Jeep tour I was able to capture this amazing landscape photo!
I loved how it was a full moon along with the crazy cloud formations due to the storm that luckily never hit us.
Hopefully you've enjoyed a look into our amazing day! And please note that all but 2 of these photos are basically straight out of camera. Slight LR levels adjustments to add back in the contrast taken out when importing RAW files. It was such an amazing place to experience, and I'm very grateful for Chloe's parents coming to town and giving us a reason to visit.