We have explored the backroads of Arizona extensively. Along our travels we have been fortunate enough to see all sorts of amazing scenery, and wonderful animal sightings. I always feel blessed to have these great animals cross our paths at the same time they cross ours. Some animals are common to see, elk and deer for instance. Others, not so much, but we have seen… bobcat, turkey, and even bear.
On a recent trip to Sedona we saw this elusive little critter practically under our feet. We spot lighted him with our flashlight and caught a fleeting shot. It’s a ringtail cat!
Apparently, it’s the Official State Mammal of Arizona (who knew?). They have a fox-like face with pointed ears and a long distinctive tail. The ringtail is part of the raccoon family… note, the familiar striped tail. They live in a riparian habitat in the rocks near water, making Sedona a prime area (apparently). They are noctural creatures, only coming out at night. So, we were lucky to catch of glimpse of him.
We had been taking night shots at an overlook in Sedona when he scurried across us, curious what we were he came back for a another quick look. Funny how that happens. Sometimes it is all about being in the right place at the right time.
See more Sedona pix…. https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/30/sedona-az/ and https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/30/oak-creek-sedona-az/
Admittedly, I am not great at night photography… but I’m learning, and the best way to get better is to go out and shoot. So I tried my hand at some night shots of cacti.
The clouds were troublesome… but cool. It’s tough, as by the time the stars come out the foreground is dark. Stomping around the cacti had me putting my foot in it – cactus, that is. Here the moon is just shining through the clouds while the stars try to make an appearance.
One this is for sure… I need more practice, and look forward to it.
I wrote about my Best of 2016 photos here. What a fun and enlightening experience going through all my 2016 photos was. I feel super fortunate that I had enough good photos that I can do another Top 10 via this Honorable Mentions post… these were the ones that DIDN’T make the cut.. and a lot left that didn’t make Honorable Mentions. Must mean it was a great year.. and it was.
So here are the second Top 10 photos of 2016… check it out.
1. South Oregon Coast
2. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
3. Lake Powell, Utah
4. Mogollon Rim, Northern Arizona
5. Happy Jack, Arizona
6. Canyon X, Page AZ
7. Lockett Meadow, Arizona
8. Baddeck, Nova Scotia
9. Lunenburg, Nova Scotia
10. Happy Jack, AZ
Check out the Best of 2016…. here.
What do you think?
The Mogollon Rim in Northern Arizona is very near to our home, for which I feel very fortunate. The views are stunning, and varied. Every overlook uncovers another view, with great ledges, moss, rocks and trees… truly a photographers haven.
June is one of the best months of the year to see the Milky Way. It is low on the horizon and bright in the sky. With a new moon, it’s the perfect time to get great Milky Way photographs. So with such a great opportunity we took full advantage of it, and got out to see if we could photograph the Milky Way over the Mogollon Rim.
The challenge is to get decent foreground, but far enough away to be able to see it against the starry sky background. The rocks in the front just don’t show up.
So I selected 2 trees… one on each side of the Milky Way and did a 7 photo panorama to show the whole galaxy.
Then, I did a star trails photo. This shot is 75 individual shots, each taken for 30 sec, over an hour… then stitched together to show the movement of the stars over time.