Five Shots: Waiting for the Milky Way

Plateau Looking NE at the Sycamore Wilderness
Plateau Looking NE at the Sycamore Wilderness

Squeezing in a Friday night escapade, we opted to drive east to the closest plateau which separates the Verde Valley from Sedona. Up on the ridge, the Red Rocks emerge and the sky is free from light pollution. When was the last time I saw the Milky Way? Way too long.

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Lighting a fire and waiting for the sun to set.
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The Sycamore Wilderness to ourselves
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Fall Flowers

 

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Getting ready to roast hot dogs.
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There’s wisdom in a beer bottle around a campfire.
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Stories told and stars explode.
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Burning Embers

I don’t have the equipment to capture the brilliance of the Milky Way as we lay back and pointed out the constellations, but our minds stilled while our eyes drank it all in. It was a perfect evening and way to end the work week. Β Which one do you like?

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  1. It must be nice to have somewhere to get away to relatively easily, yet be so remote. That was a great fire indeed, Cindy, and the burning embers is my favourite photo.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    1. Thanks, my friend. Out here, it’s hard to be outside when the weather is hot, but now that the season has turned, AZ is the perfect place to be until June. I forgot how close and simple and rewarding it is to get out in the wilderness. Nothing fancy. Just go and sit a spell. Very relaxing!

    1. Hi Allen! My daughter and granddaughter came up yesterday. Out we went again and made replenished the fire ring. She’s almost 4 and had never been out at dark in the wilderness around a camp fire. OH! What fun to see her trying to count the stars. πŸ™‚

  2. The campfire shots are incredible Cindy! Ivan’s been wanting to capture the Milky Way, well who knows maybe he will get it next time we’re in AZ πŸ˜‰

    1. Oh good! I don’t know what kind of camera lens I need, I assume it’s a lot. I’ve talked to nature photographers around here whose works are in galleries for sale. The extent to what they do to capture the perfect minute of a day is impressive.

    1. Paul, you’ve got that right! It’s so close; we’ve driven hours and hours to find that special spot only to discover it’s 20 minutes on a dirt road out of town. Incredible find. When the fire has died, it’s back home to hot showers and a comfortable bed.

      1. No problem. We’ll figure out a time on a weekend. We’re moving to Phx on Saturday morning, but I don’t have a problem driving up some time. I’ll watch for your email πŸ™‚

  3. Wow, this sounds like one hell of a night! Nice fire you got going, I’m horrid at building them! I bet the milky way was amazing, I don’t think I have every properly seen it. I’ve rarely strayed from my home city =/

  4. I like the sycamore wilderness to ourselves. Takes me there. I do like your way of putting “There’s wisdom in a beer bottle around a campfire.” Might have to steal that. πŸ™‚

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