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Keeping Your Head Down

Keeping Your Head Down (Sedona, 563)


Red Rock Crossing: a small park just south and a little west of Sedona, AZ where would-be photographers (dummies like me) sometimes go to catch late afternoon light on an amazing rock formation called Cathedral Rock.  If it’s not too windy you can even include a beautiful reflection of the structure in Oak Creek.  As I’ve done a few times over the past few years.

But it’s also just a nice place to hang out.  Usually, there are more “locals” here than tourists, and they’re not taking pictures.  They’re just enjoying the place.  As I said, Oak Creek flows through the park and even this early in the season you’ll see kids playing in the water (can you imagine doing that in western NY this week?).

On this particular day, that’s what we were doing.  Just walking up and down Oak Creek.  Yes, it was nice to look at Cathedral Rock but who needs another photograph?  I’ve got enough of the entire Sedona area to cover all of my wall space at home.  And then we discovered the cairns.  Near the back of the park they were everywhere.  Hundreds and hundreds of little rock towers.  It must have been quite a project for whoever built them.

In the middle of one group of cairns was this amazingly athletic young woman who was doing all kinds of interesting exercises (yoga, maybe?) with her boyfriend (or spouse or significant other or whatever).  When she slowly rose into this perfect head-stand I had to take some pictures.  I doubt I’ll ever hang this one on a wall, but I do like it.


4 Responses to “Keeping Your Head Down”

  1. Kathryn Jensen

    I wish we could have taken your pace during our whirlwind visit to the west. Sedona was so beautiful but we were only there a few hours – just long enough for lunch really because we were trying to get to the Grand Canyon before dark to set up our tents.

    During one visit to Taughannock Falls, we encountered thousands of cairns like you found there. It was very cool!

    Thanks for sharing your trip!

    • Paul Maxim

      Yes, it’s nice to be able to go slow. When you’re retired I suppose you can do that (or at least until you run out of money!). We did see the restaurant you had lunch in, by the way. That place has a pretty good view.

      We “discovered” cairns on our first visit to Block Island. We’d climbed down the stairs to the beach near the Southeast light and found them all over the place. We’d never seen them before. Barb built a few of her own down there……..

      In my opinion, Taughannock is one of the few places that can rival the natural beauty of the southwest. I love that place.

  2. Cedric Canard

    I like this capture as well. Quite a lot in fact. You must really be enjoying this finer weather Paul or perhaps you are already missing Webster 😉

    • Paul Maxim

      Thanks, Cedric.

      Webster? Well let me put it this way: yesterday they had heavy rain followed by a freezing mix which was followed by heavy snow. Oh, and high winds. Secretly, I’m hoping that the car breaks down and we have to stay here for weeks rather than return to Webster, “where life is worth living”. I figure they’ll all be suicidal by the time we get there………


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