Finally… instead of going out taking photos when our schedules allowed it… we decided to go out because there was weather in the forecast. Sometimes you have to make time for the things that are important to you.
Never was that more clear than this week! I have two friends in the hospital, and one recently out, all awaiting or have just undergone serious surgery. It’s very scary to see people you love facing such a difficult time. While in your heart, you know they will be ok, you can’t help but ache for their situation.
It’s made worse by their having to go through it alone (due to covid restrictions), without their significant other by their side to hold their hand and keep their mind off of the upcoming surgery.
While I know my friends will be better as a result of the surgeries, it really gives you pause. Enjoy life, every day! Do the things one enjoys. And don’t take life for granted. Don’t sweat the small stuff. One never knows what the future brings for any of us.
To Doug, Pat, and Meg: Be safe, be well, and know that you are loved. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
As I look out across the ridge, I am awe stuck by the beauty around me. The skies opened up and cast this amazing glow as if to say, it’ll all be alright, life is beautiful and there is a lot more to see.
It’s true that the South Rim is closer than the North Rim… by a bunch! But, give me the North Rim any day. The views are better, and the crowds less (that by itself is reason enough).
We enjoyed the many overlooks and stunning views along the way.
The aspen leaves were turning and the fall colors were stunning. The roads and the hillsides were covered with their golden hue.
You can see more of my Grand Canyon photos here… https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/05/grand-canyon-north-rim-bright-angel-point/ and here … https://kritterspix.com/2018/10/05/grand-canyon-north-rim-point-sublime/
Just off the Forest Road 300 is an obscure road marked FR 218: Milk Ranch Road. Along it are magnificent overlooks of the Mogollon Rim below. One can find an open spot in the woods or down a long rocky rough road to be rewarded by this great expanse.
If you’re lucky you’ll be blessed with amazing skies, puffy clouds, and remarkable sunsets and sunrises. If you’re not, just enjoy the view, a nice picnic and peaceful, relaxing visit.
For more from this trip and Lessons from a Squirrel check out my post HERE.
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.
I just got back from an amazing workshop in Sedona with Scott Stulberg. Have you seen Scott’s work? Simply put, it’s stunning. I was looking forward to the opportunity to learn from Scott and further my knowledge particularly in sunsets, night, and star scenes. I was not disappointed. While it rained during our 4 day workshop, Scott was very accommodating and worked hard to make sure we got good shots and had a great time. The workshop was intense and informative. In short, outstanding!
Sedona made for an awesome setting and backdrop for magnificent clouds, sunsets, and magical lighting. Check out my other Sedona pix at http://kritterspix.com/pix and http://kritterspix.com/photo musings.