By Ted Grussing
… shots from yesterday and then we’ll move on to other subjects for a while … or not. Still not even half way through the shoots of the peaks from the last three flights up there in the last week. Sometimes an image just sucks me in and I spend a lot of time looking at it and the possibilities if I convert it to one of my “unleashed” images. So far I’m bringing out the straight shots and not doing anything other than developing and cropping the image.
The first shot I took of the Sedona Airport from 14,300’ as I began the flight north to the peaks … the airport sits on top of Airport Mesa and by being there greatly reduces any sound impacts on the city as the noise goes up, not down. Above the airport is West Sedona and below it is Oak Creek as it wends its way out of the canyon and down to the SE in its own curvy twisted way to where it empties into the Verde River near Camp Verde. The road at the very bottom is SR 179 which connects the Village of Oak Creek with Sedona.
The second shot is of the inner basin and the color is close to full … hoping that the leaves stay on the trees through our current weather. Lockett Meadow is located at the lower right corner of the image and there are trails and roads (can’t use a vehicle on them) that take you up to the inner basin. The higher peaks from L 2 R are Doyle, Fremont, Agassiz (in clouds), Humphreys (in clouds) Aubineau and Reese. You can see the clouds wrapping around Reese on the right side of the photo at about the 9500’ level … I got lucky and there was a beautiful blue hole that allowed the sun to come through and illuminate the inner basin. Looking forward to the next day I can get up there … I didn’t fly over to Kendrick, but from where I was it looked like the color was pretty well over for the season.
Have a beautiful day and share a smile with those you meet and greet today …
Though I know I shall sometime no more open my eyes to the night or the day.
I am one who looks at the stars when unchained from the workbench at nightfall.
They are a sign I am not ephemeral, nor you, nor you, whoever you are.
The dawn comes and the dark and the sign sparkling in the brooding night,
forever and forever.
— Max Ehrmann
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