Sedona Scenic Landscape

This is the local Sedona icon trophy photo. In my three visits, I’ve never been blessed with good light so I just make do with what’s available. Though the Cathedral Rocks are featured on every postcard rack in Arizona I still was surprised by how many photographers were out here even in the dreary late …

Native American Arts and Crafts

One of the things I like to do when visiting the southwest is to see what Native American crafts are for sale. You can easily find authentic vendors selling these items outdoors at tourist locations and sometimes in remote areas along the highway. In this instance, the lady who crafted these items was at the …

West Fork Oak Creek Canyon

The West Fork Oak Creek Canyon trail was one of the places I went to during my first visit to Arizona in January 2003. I thought it was a very interesting location with potential so I had always wanted to visit again. My first visit was a bit difficult to navigate since the creek was …

First and Last Man Standing

If you’re a regular follower of my blog, you probably know that I’m scared of heights. So while the Grand Canyon is one of the amazing places on this planet, I’ve never really been able to enjoy it in the past because I never enjoyed looking over into the canyon. Whatever mental hurdles I previously …

Flagstaff in Winter

People who move to Los Angeles usually cite the warm weather as their primary motivating factor for moving there. From native Southern Californians however, I hear a lot of sentiments about wanting to live in a place that has four seasons at least once in their life. I’m one of them. With snow in the …

Wild in Arizona: Book Review

Nature photographer, Colleen Miniuk-Sperry sent me a copy of Wild in Arizona: Photographing Arizona’s Wildflowers – A Guide to When, Where & How in exchange for a honest book review. Colleen co-authored the book with fellow Arizona photographer, Paul Gill. I was not familiar with either photographer’s work prior to receiving the book so I …

Five Places to Take Pictures in All 50 U.S. States

The “Great American Road Trip” is a dream shared by many, myself included. So I got to thinking about what I would like to do if I were to visit every state in the U.S. There are obviously too many great things in this country for one person to photograph everything in-depth during one lifetime …

The Mother Road 4/8/06 – 4/13/06

The route my brother and I drove followed most of what is considered to be Route 66. In reality Route 66 is more of a nostalgic fantasy than anything else. Aside from a few diners and a drive-in theatre the Glendora and Azusa Portion of Route 66 looks like just like any other “Main Street” …

Northern Arizona 6/26/05 – 6/30/05

My mom had a coupon for a several free nights at any Marriott-owned hotel so we (mom, brother and I) chose to go to Arizona. Vegas was the other location considered but neither of their sites were directly on the Strip so we canned that idea early on. Plus neither my mom nor brother had …

Northern Arizona 6/26/05 – 6/30/05

My mom had a coupon for a several free nights at any Marriott-owned hotel so we (mom, brother and I) chose to go to Arizona. Vegas was the other location considered but neither of their sites were directly on the Strip so we canned that idea early on. Plus neither my mom nor brother had …