Friday, May 27, 2011

Cathedral Rock

Probably the most photographed site in Sedona is Cathedral Rock. After paying $9 to see it (even if you have a pass), it better be good! This was the view from the first set of tripod holes (and photographers) I came to, but I just knew it wasn't the best view.


Although this cute little duck was an added bonus. I continued down the trail.


This is the classic shot, with the rocks known as Red Rock Crossing in the foreground. Early settlers forded Oak Creek here.


The trees around the crossing have gotten larger, so it's necessary to get in the creek to get the shot. I came prepared with my Tevas, and soon shamed some other photographers into getting wet.


A little farther down the path was another great shot. Again, I had to get my feet wet, but this time I wasn't the only one.


Farther along was an "artist" with his work-in-progress.


I really think he needs some more art lessons....


Continuing along, I found yet another mass of tripod holes -


This time with a Great Blue Heron joining in the fun.


This was a real winner - a pool with a reflection.


On the way back to the parking lot, I went by an old water wheel from the 1930s.


And yet another shot of Cathedral Rock with an old building in the foreground.

So, what have we learned here? The first shot you see is probably not the best!

20 comments:

Sue and Doug said...

great shots today!..the reflection is spectacular!!

Nancy said...

ALL your shots are great! I like the last one the best.

Matt said...

Aw man, we missed you by 1 day. We were in that exact spot yesterday hiking around and taking pictures (although by the looks of the light you were there either earlier or later in the day regardless).
Great pics though.

Camille Carnell Pronovost said...

Beautiful photos, Diana. Thank you for sharing!

Ruth said...

Beautiful, just beautiful. Great photos.

Judy and Emma said...

I'm guessing you were there early in the day. The lighting is so much better than at high noon. :)

Jim and Sandie said...

Fabulous pictures. I really like the duck and especially the one of you in the water. You're a trip, lady. I, too, like the last pic the best even though the one with the reflection is way cool.

Bernie said...

Great photos. Especially enjoy your comments as the hike (?) moved along.

Lynne said...

Beautiful shots! Can't believe so many photographers choose to stick with the herd and only shoot from the "official" locations. You really showed them!

Donna K said...

Really enjoyed your photos today. I love that area...so beautifl.

Paul and Marti Dahl said...

How did we ever survive before digital cameras? Nice to see your work as you go along and get even better pictures if you're not happy with the first ones.

You'll go way out of your way for the perfect shot, even into the stream. Thanks for sharing your pictures, we enjoy them very much!

John and Carol said...

Great photos! It was worth the price you paid.

Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

That is a great area, your pictures brought back pleasant memories of our time there.

Kevin and Ruth said...

What great pictures. I like the last one and the one with the reflection the best.

Kevin and Ruth
www.travelwithkevinandruth.com

E Squared and Mui said...

Missed the waterwheel when we were there in 2001; I'll have to look for it when we go back. We lucked out with a beautiful sunset, a calm pool of water for a gorgeous reflection shot (the ducks were there too), and just a few souls visiting the park when we went to get the postcard images of Cathedral Rock.

Barbara and Ron said...

Just like the first parking place you come to is not the best! Surprisingly, I like the last picture the best with the old building. But you did get some different ones.

Dave said...

I really like the reflections shot.

Lynn said...

Wow wonderful shots I would hate to have to choose a favorite lol thanks so much for sharing :o) Hope all is well and cant wait to see what your next post is about.

On Da Road said...

My favorite place to hang around there is Red Rocks Crossing... I could spend hours (& have!) taking pics with reflections .. then go to the WildFlower for lunch, the Brown Cow for some apple pie & come back & do it again! :-) Enjoy!

Sondra said...

WOW...you took some amazing shot of that classic place!! I love the one with the reflection, and the old water wheel is super! You got some great bird shots too--awesome!! Great idea to bring the water shoes!