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West Fork In Autumn

While going through old files yesterday, I came across this image that had never been processed.  The image was made in October 2012 and I happened to be hiking with my husband that day. West Fork trail just north of Sedona, Arizona, in Oak Creek Canyon was one of my favorite trails to hike while living in Arizona.  It is the most hiked trail in the state.

An iconic spot along the trail, this image was made while hiking back to our car.  Fabulous light shining through the trees and the water was still, creating a mirror image reflection.

At this point in my life I had no idea where my path was headed.  After working for several years in the corporate world, I left as I was terribly unhappy with happiness not in sight.  A stressful year beginning with my dad’s passing after a long battle with leukemia.  For years I had wanted to hike this trail in autumn as I had seen numerous beautiful images.  However, in this canyon, cell phone service is basically non-existent. Knowing I would receive a phone call to catch the first flight back to Iowa due to my dad’s terminal illness, I chose not to travel anywhere without cell phone service.  In fact for several years my camera gear just sat in a room untouched.  Photography had been calling me for years and I thought it was time to find out what it was really like to be doing nature photography full-time.

As much as I enjoy being in nature, it is not a realistic path for me for multiple reasons.  No regrets as now I will never have to wonder what it would be like to be traipsing around the desert, the woods, a canyon, or a prairie.  Do I miss the corporate world?  Somewhat.

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West Fork in autumn, a stunning time of year to hike this trail.

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Slip Sliding In The Creek

It had been way too long since being on the road and out of the city. All of my photography this year has been local until today. This afternoon was spent in Sedona, Arizona at one of my favorite locations, Cathedral Rock for a sunset shoot.  Although I have shot here a few times, none of my images have told the story I wanted.

Usually I go out shooting by myself, but today was different.  I met up with one of my second cousins who lives in Sedona.  Turns out, my mom and her dad were first cousins.  We went to junior high and high school together, but we weren’t friends nor enemies, just two girls who knew each other in the same small town in Southeast Iowa.  Back then we didn’t know we were related.  I have known for some time, don’t recall how I discovered this, and today we finally got together as cousins.  The original plan was to do quite a bit of shooting, but we had too much to talk about.

sunset at cathedral rock sedona az

The last couple of days has brought rain to Arizona once again, so Oak Creek was flowing at a steady pace.  Clouds were moving in along with a storm and my hopes were high for an amazing sunset.  We were actually in the middle of the creek on some dry rock, but I was unable to get the composition I wanted as there were several people enjoying the creek today.  My chances of all the people moving were rather slim, so I decided to go further into the creek on some rocks that were only an inch or two under water.  However, the rocks were covered in algae and quite slick.  I was able to get a few shots and then the sun went completely behind the clouds and the light was gone.  I packed up all my gear and was starting to go back to the dry rock and BAM, I fell on the slippery rocks and was in the water!  It was rather cold, but felt good.  I felt like a deer in the headlights for a few seconds as I was stunned.  Unfortunately, my cousin had put her camera away and didn’t get a shot.  My shoes and socks were drenched along with my pants.   A very nice gentlemen, Rob, who was there with his wife and four beautiful children, helped me across the creek so I wouldn’t slip and fall again.  I always bring an extra pair of shoes and socks when shooting near water.  However, the only extra pants I had were my rain pants.  Certainly not stylish, but at least they were dry.  

Little did I know, but Rob would come to my rescue a second time.  My car keys were in my pocket and got wet so when we got to my vehicle, I was unable to disarm the alarm system.  Usually I can unlock my vehicle with the key when this happens and once I start the engine the alarm disables.  Today, my vehicle wouldn’t start and the alarm would not disable.  Rob suggested I pop the hood so he could remove the battery cable to hopefully reset the alarm.  We tried a couple of times, but it didn’t work.  Finally, we decided to take the cable off and wait several minutes.  This time it worked!  We said good-bye and went on our way.

The shot above, is the one I took from the middle of the creek.  Was it worth it?  I think so, do you?

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