Five Shots: Fay Canyon under the Snow

There’s nothing better than a hike in the desert snow. How about that blue sky and pristine white? Here are five shots of Fay Canyon, outside of Sedona, Arizona on New Year’s Day.

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Which shot of Fay Canyon do you like best?

38 thoughts on “Five Shots: Fay Canyon under the Snow

  1. i like the last one best, followed closely by the first.

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    1. Thanks, Bill. Pictures never seem to capture the space and jaw-dropping grandeur of nature. But I try πŸ˜‰

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    2. Bill, I don’t usually do this, but Dave Crew has a fine intellect for films and perhaps you might agree/enjoy his take on films. You both have sophisticated tastes πŸ˜‰

      http://ccpopculture.com/2014/12/29/the-top-20-films-of-2014/

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      1. Thanks Cindy, I will check him out.

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  2. I’ll take the third shot.

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    1. Hi Allen, thanks! It takes a couple hours to climb up into the rocky points. There are caves and places to sit to see the canyons before you. Really special to see snow tipping the reds. People here haven’t seen accumulations like this (6-17 inch) in decades. Gotta be a good omen for 2015, this beauty, yes?

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  3. These are so beautiful that they almost don’t look real. The third one down is my favourite.

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    1. Thanks, Abbi. I agree–there’s no manipulation of the camera–it’s truly like standing in a post card. Hope you and Mr. O get a chance to visit Sedona/AZ to see it for yourself someday. The pictures don’t do the real thing justice.

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  4. Wow, these are absolutely beautiful. My whole family enjoyed them and three of us voted for picture number two. My wife chose number one. But we all wish we could go there!

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    1. Cheers to the whole family, Keith πŸ˜‰
      I’ve been here for 2.5 years. I still feel like a tourist which makes living here enjoyable and I refuse to take this adventure for granted. It’s a contrary, awesome state. When snow comes, it’s a rare gift and you better get yourself out there and snap some shots if you like photography like me. I hope if you and your family does the AZ trip, you ought to try spring break. The weather is perfect. What fun it would be to watch a film! If your family is outdoorsy, you’d be in 7th Heaven. πŸ˜‰

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  5. Wonderful – shot 4 is my favourite.

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    1. thank you, thank you. It was fun trying to capture the awesome space surrounding grand buttes and cacti normally sheltered in sand and shadows.

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  6. Fantastic photos!

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    1. Ta, Dave! Truly a wonderland. It’s already melted. The sun beams, and we are in the 60s next week. But the pics remain!

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  7. Your photographs inspired me to post a haiku.

    desert canyon deep
    snow stretches beyond the horizon
    lizards gaze in wonder

    Happy New Year Cindy!

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    1. Ohh, how wonderful, Paul! Today the snow is melted and the snow was just a dream. I wonder what the lizards thought of the strange white stuff. Thank you πŸ™‚

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  8. Whoah! Another awesome and freaky collection here. I’d LOVE to see this in person, how cool that you got to capture this unusual view. Thanks for sharing Cindy!

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    1. My pleasure, Ruth. Glad you liked them. The red, blue, green, and white—colors bold and brilliant. Thank you.

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  9. I like the sponge cakes with the snow white icing on top. πŸ™‚ Love all the pictures. What a lovely way to start a New Year. Wish you all the best for 2015!!!

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    1. Thank you, Nuwansen! All best to you, too πŸ™‚

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  10. I love the last one best Cindy, but they’re all amazing.

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    1. Hi Vinnieh! Thank you. It was hard to select five out of fifty or so shots. What strikes me is the color is vibrant and the layers are amazing.

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  11. Hi, Cindy:

    You’ve still have a great eye. πŸ™‚

    Like the shots of rolling undisturbed snow!

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    1. Thanks, Kevin! Come see my post about King Kong. I’d love your thoughts.

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  12. Oh wow, these are great Cindy! I love picture number three. The framing and colours are brilliant.

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    1. Thanks, Chris! I would love your thoughts about my King Kong post–are you a fan of the 2005 version?

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  13. Wow, beautiful shots Cindy. Incredible contrast in them.

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    1. Hi Tim. The layers and textures and bold colors make this part of the SW a photographer’s dream.

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  14. What glorious photographs, Cindy. The contrast of colors is splendid. And I’m sooo hankering snow at the moment. We’ve had next to nothing, so I’m living vicariously through others.
    My favorite? Probably number one, although number two with the clear evidence of lush snow on the ground is a close contender.
    Happy New Year to you!

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    1. Thanks, Shelley. I love the pastel blue color of winter when the snow fell, the world was bright and pure. Then the AZ sun turned the sky brilliant blue and the Sedona looked like a multi-layered cake with icing.

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  15. Beautiful work. I think #3 is where it is at for me as well. Although I do love the close symmetry of #4. . . . .

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    1. The rocks are a dream. I never tire appreciating the textures and patterns and colors. The white snow was a huge treat. All gone now.

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  16. 3rd and 4th have beautiful framing and detail πŸ™‚

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    1. Thank you, Kim! It’s easy to be a good photographer when nature is the subject.

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      1. Very true! πŸ™‚ Nature is such a great subject!

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  17. This is a beautiful place…..the snow accents it all so well!

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    1. Thank you! The layers of baby blue with the power snow. It was truly a wonderland and so rare. They tell me this snowfall hasn’t happened in decades.

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