An Umbrella, A Spoon, Some Music, and a Tornado

Such a fun adventure we had yesterday in Sedona! We drove over in the middle of the afternoon and had a great time wandering around and checking out the galleries and shops at Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village. We enjoyed a fabulous dinner at El Rincon, where, to the amusement of our waitress, I couldn’t resist photographing the reflection of the little white lights on the overhead umbrella on my spoon. umbrella_spoonMidway through dinner, the flamenco guitar music began!


During dinner, Lonnie was googling best places for sunset photography in Sedona, so we ended up on an overlook on Airport Road. The wind had kicked up, and it was threatening rain, making for dramatic clouds.

20150831-MMA_2086_melinda_andersonAfter we walked across the road and began setting up, I realized I didn’t have my cable release, so I walked back to the car and lugged my whole camera bag back across the road to where my tripod was set up. Lonnie and Carol were busy photographing the scene while I got set up again. What I didn’t realize was that they were photographing a tornado forming! I continued taking photos of the rocks, oblivious to what they were seeing. Fortunately, I have a few shots at the end of the event- although I didn’t know what I was shooting.  It wasn’t until we got home and they started talking about the tornado, that I realized what I had missed! You can check out Carol’s magnificent twister photos at


7 responses

  1. What an experience! Can’t believe they let you keep taking pictures of rocks and didn’t point you towards the tornado! Great shots!

    September 1, 2015 at 8:02 am

  2. What a fun day! These are great shots. I love the umbrella and spoon. And, you DID capture the tornado as it swirled close to the rock formations. It’s a ‘detail’ shot! Nice!

    September 1, 2015 at 8:24 am

  3. Claudia Lowery

    Great pictures from you and Carol………………..

    September 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

  4. Great pictures! Love the umbrella pic.

    September 1, 2015 at 9:04 am

  5. How cool Melinda awesome pics.

    September 1, 2015 at 9:27 am

  6. Georgiadebaeke

    I’ve been to Sedona at least five times and never seen it looking like this. Next time we’re going with you!

    September 1, 2015 at 9:42 am

  7. wow!!!!

    September 3, 2015 at 8:53 pm

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