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.