We were fortunate to be in Flagstaff a couple weeks ago on a beautiful Fall day when the aspens were in all their glory. It made my heart happy to see so many other people up at Snowbowl, late on a weekday afternoon- everyone there just to catch the late afternoon sun hitting the aspens. Unforgettable!
I have taken soooo many photos of Buckey over the years, but I don’t think I’ve ever taken THIS angle. Score one for finding a new viewpoint! Actually TWO new viewpoints, because last week’s photo from the rear was a new angle for me as well.
Another view of Buckey at Courthouse Square
Lonnie and I came upon this wedding party as we were walking around the Courthouse Square. The photographer had the bride posing on the courthouse steps, but as we got closer the happy couple walked away. As we continued our walk, we came upon them posing again and I managed to take three shots, two of the couple and one of the photographer- my lens wasn’t wide enough to get them into one frame. I merged one of the couple and the one of the photographer into a panorama. I liked the combination of the happy bride and groom in the midst of a typical scene at the square- such a contrast!
Our first assignment in this semester’s photo group is to stand somewhere on Prescott’s Courthouse Square and take a photo of ANYTHING! This isn’t the photo I’ll be using, but here is a shot of the statue of one of our hometown heroes, Buckey O’Neill- newspaperman, gambler, sheriff, judge, and Rough Rider who was killed in the Spanish American War.
Here’s my photo for class this week. Somehow, it ended up as a pretend vintage postcard.
Too much time on my hands, I guess. . .
The most exciting part of the fair for both of us was the mounted shooting competition. I had never seen anything like it and instantly loved it (once I figured out the guns shot blanks. . .). The riders compete in riding around the ring shooting at balloons. They have two guns in their holster- 5 shots each. They are timed and scored on how many balloons were popped in the shortest amount of time. The riders and horses were magnificent!
The highlight of last weekend was going to the Yavapai County Fair! As usual, we headed first to the livestock.
This big guy was oblivious to all the noise and confusion and was sound asleep!
I checked off another item from my Jerome bucket list- we finally stopped on the side of the road so I could get the iconic view of Jerome on the hill!
Another view of Jerome’s Flatiron:
This week I checked off a small photography bucket list item- shooting the Flatiron in Jerome, Arizona!
Although Jerome is only about an hour from home and I’ve been there many, many, MANY times, I had never managed to walk down to this corner to take this photo. This time, we approached Jerome from the Sedona side, so I made a point of telling Lonnie ahead of time that I wanted this shot and to be ready to pull over at the first available parking space. Mission accomplished!
While Lonnie and our friends Kathryn and Scott were walking part of the trail up Sedona’s Bell Rock in April, I amused myself taking photos. I’ve photographed Bell Rock so many times (and never in “good light”) that it was hard to find a new approach- hence this partial view emphasizing the clouds.
As you drive into Prescott, you see the absolute biggest flag ever. This was taken from the Walmart parking lot- perhaps a first for me!
Wukoki Pueblo is part of Wupatki National Monument. It is smaller, but has an amazing, sweeping view of the San Francisco Peaks.
We visited Sunset Crater National Monument on the way to Wupatki. The volcano erupted over 1,000 years ago, but the whole San Francisco Peaks area is considered active though you can see no sign of that as you walk along the paths.
In the photo below you can see a “squeeze up” in a fissure in the ground. Lava pushed up through the crack and dried as a fin-shaped rock. I love how trees have grown all over the volcano’s cinder cone. Life goes on even after all the destruction wrought by the volcano.