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Friday, August 21, 2009

I guess I am a sucker for mountains...whether the lush greens of the Smokies, the majestic jagged peaks of the Rockies or the vibrant Red Rocks of Sedona, Arizona.

Today a post from Shabbygirls' turf! To the readers of the blog from the Western States, I am quite certain that this photo is not that big of a deal but for a Midwesterner...the first sight of a flat topped plateau rising out of the desert heat surrounded by the iron reds of the Western high desert is breathtaking at the very least.

In a past life, I used to fly out to the West Coast quite a bit and always when we crossed the Arizona landscape I was mesmerized. Once on a business trip to Phoenix, I set a side a day and drove up to Sedona...about an hour and a half north of Phoenix. The trip up to Sedona was as awe inspiring as Sedona itself. The Saguaro Cactus and Prickly Pear landscape was so totally foreign to me. I had only seen these in John Wayne Westerns and I found myself face to face with a ten foot classic Western Icon...the Saguaro...the state flower of Arizona.

Nearing Sedona, I began to see the red plateaus now and then. As I got closer and closer to the town...the landscape changed from the browns and tans of the high desert to Fire reds and iron rust colored hills and plateaus too beautiful to describe...at least with this writers vocabulary.

I took one of the afternoon jeep excursions out into the midst of these rust colored monuments. Luckily...the jeep broke down and we were stranded until another could be sent to get us back to civilization. While everyone was complaining...I found myself wandering off on my own to an area where I was surrounded by beauty. I stood and watched as the sunset...gradually turning rust to red...then to deep intense almost magenta as the sun disappeared over the plateaus. Once the sun set, I was treated to a sky unhindered by the Midwest humidity...so clear, so black with billions of stars only interrupted by sporadic flashes of heat lightening that cast long shadows for an instant all around me. If I were an artist...I still would not have been able to capture this moment on canvass...a moment that I still see today in my minds eye.....so thankful that our jeep broke down.

Shabbygirl...you live in a beautiful part of this country.

By the way...if you look to the upper right of image...you can see Sedona nestled among the canyons and plateaus.

18 comments:

DawnTreader said...

Wow. This looks unreal. Beautiful colours. Wonderful shot.

Heather said...

What a gorgeous landscape! That little travel bug in me is wanting to get out and see it firsthand now.

And you're much to modest about your vocabulary. The way you described that night sky was absolutely beautiful :)

Dan Felstead said...

Dawn Treader...thank you. In the past I was a frequent flyer and often took pictures from the plane. I have a photo that I took as we were crossing over the edge of the western desert and you can clearly see the dividing line between desert and vegetation. I will try to post that as well.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Heather thanks so much...actually it is so hard to describe your feelings at a time like that. We have all had those times in our lives when that special moment happened and no matter what words we use...it just doesn't do it justice!

Dan

shabby girl said...

WOW! Just a fantastic picture Dan!!! And you're right, Sodona area is awe inspiring. It is defaitllly(Heather)one of the wonders of the world, in my humble little opinion.

Dyche Designs said...

I drove through Sedona once after visiting the Grand Canyons and was blown away but it's beauty. It's the kind of place you have to visit in order to truly appreciate just how amazing it really it. I would love to live there one day.

tricia said...

I can't speak for any other readers from western states except me, but I have never gotten over the wow factor when I see something beautiful. This is the first time I've seen this area from the air, and although it has been over 30 years since I saw it (Sedona) the first time (on the ground) I still remember the awe I felt. It is truly one of the jewels of the US landscape.

This is a beautiful shot Dan.

Dan Felstead said...

Shabbygirl...I'm glad you gave your opinion of the area...I didn't know if it was just me...not being used to this type of landscape...but even to you...living in Arizona...still finds it beautiful. It is defientatly (Heather) an enchanting area to visit.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Dysche Designs...
To experience it first hand as you did is an experience that lingers long after you leave. Not only the beautiful landscape but the Indian ruins and Western history of the area is extremely interesting as well.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Tricia...you described the experience well...the first time seeing it is breathtaking. It is interesting getting perspective from a West Coaster.

Dan

Sabrina said...

Oh, that makes me miss the desert so much!

Dan Felstead said...

Sabrina...if you have lived in an area like this in the past...you are so lucky!

Dan

Faye Pekas said...

Amazing shot. I wonder how many miles it covers.

I live in a Western state but we have nothing like this here so it is something for me to see.

Sunny said...

Amazing colors, it almos takes your breath away!

Dan Felstead said...

Faye, I am guessing that it doesn't cover that many miles...the shot was taken with a telephoto from the plane...judging from where Sedona is at the upper right of the picture to the lower plateau...maybe 15 or 15 miles.

Dan

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny ...thanks for your comment. Have a great weekend.

Dan

Sunny said...

Not only did it take my breath away, it took my t away. It should have typed almost not almos.
Enjoy your weekend.
Sunny :)

Dan Felstead said...

Sunny...LOL! How many times I have left a comment and realized after that I spelled something wrong..it happens to all of us!

Dan