I’ve been taking pictures for as long as I can remember.  When you’ve lived in some of the most scenic regions of the western United States I think it just becomes a part of life.  My years in coastal California, north western Washington, and Yellowstone National Park have filled my boxes and hard drives with plenty of scenic photos, but it wasn’t until coming to Arizona five years ago that I really became passionate about what desert imagery had to offer. 

There is something about the desert, and its serenity that can make a simple image really stand out.  The contrasts it provides between earth and sky are everywhere you look here, but no more so than in the Coconino National Forest region of the state. The world famous red rocks there are a constant, but the seasonal diversity of the foliage, and the rapidly changing weather require one to keep a camera handy at all times.   

This was the case last November while taking some friends from Washington state to Sedona to see the sites.  On a crisp, sunny day the wind began to pick up and the cloud patterns became really expressive.  It was one of those days that could probably be responsible for the plethora of vortex legends that spin around the region. One of those days when a simple shot of a tree, a rock, and some clouds become worthy of submission to Arizonaguide.com.
I’ve had numerous opportunities to shoot panoramic images in the Sedona area and I would certainly recommend to the “would be” photographer to bring a light tripod, and at least one wide-angle lens when shooting in this area. For this photo I was on the Bell Rock Trail and just had my very portable Olympus EPL-1, but framed the composition as best I could.  It is not always easy here when the views are 360 degrees, but the greatest advice I have for photographers visiting the Sedona region is to bring plenty of batteries and memory, as the photo opportunities are vast!