Midgley Bridge

After returning from Kauai I spent a few days in Sedona visiting family.  I’ve driven over Midgely Bridge many times coming and going through Oak Creek Canyon but never stopped to photograph it.  One reason is there is a small parking lot to the left of this shot that it always full of cars and hikers plus a never ending stream of cars crossing the bridge making a “clean” shot difficult.  However, early morning on the day after Thanksgiving the place was deserted and I got what I wanted.

Oak Creek Canyon, AZ
Oak Creek Canyon, AZ

Leftovers

Ear in the Wind Monument Valley
Ear in the Wind Monument Valley
Monument Valley Butte
Monument Valley Butte
Painted Desert Cenntenal
Painted Desert Centennial
Flowers of Painted Desert
Flowers of Painted Desert
Canyon de Chelly Sycamores
Canyon de Chelly Sycamores
Antelope Canyon
Antelope Canyon

All of the shots I posted from my recent trip to Northern Arizona were the popular ones that most have seen or heard about.  The ones I wanted in my collection.  Today I thought I would post a few photos of the same areas but scenes that are not as common.

Totem Pole

Monument Valley
Monument Valley

Totem Pole 2

Totem Pole can be shot from the south at sunset but in order to get to it at sunrise you need a Navajo guide to take you north and west.  We met at 5:30AM and took his four wheel drive off through rough roads, sand trails, and deep ravines.  Then hiked a bit to get under the sand dunes in the foreground.  A beautiful morning.  We went on to a few other sites as well but as I mentioned in my last post the weather was not very user friendly.

The Canyon Floor

Canyon de Chelly, Arizona
Canyon de Chelly, Arizona

After driving along the rim of Canyon de Chelly I went into the bottom the next morning.  You must have a Navajo guide take you because of the many ruins and sacred areas.  Looking up gives you a much different perspective that looking over the edge.  This shot is typical of the walls in color and shape.  In the next couple of days I’ll post a few more.

Spider Rock

Canyon de Chelly Arizona
Canyon de Chelly Arizona

The last stop of the day was at the Spider Rock overlook.  This sandstone monolith is 800 feet tall and was the highlight of day one at Canyon de Chelly.  Tomorrow I’ll be going down into the canyon,

Painted Desert Storm

Painted Desert, AZ
Painted Desert, AZ

The morning started with a few clouds and as the day went on they increased until the sky turned dark and rain fell.  Occasionally the sun would peek out and provide some interesting light.

Painted Desert

Arizona
Arizona

After resting and catching up at home we’re off to Northern Arizona’s Painted Desert.  There are so many colors and textures it will be very difficult choosing which ones to post.  This is far from one of the dramatic ones but it will give you a sense of what’s to come.