Five Shots: Full Moon over the Sycamore Canyon

This afternoon my family and I headed out to the ridge overlooking the Sycamore Canyon. It was 80 degrees and the breeze delightful. We watched the cows roam and the full moon rise. Which one do you like best?  

1. Roaming Cows at the Base of the Red Rocks
2. Sycamore Canyon Facing South West
3. Til the Cows Come Home
4. Green Mound

5. Shadows Over the Canyon

6. Full Moon
7. Full Moon Rising

65 thoughts on “Five Shots: Full Moon over the Sycamore Canyon

  1. What gorgeous photography! Just beautiful.

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    1. Hi Kate! Thank you so saying so. It was great to be outside.

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      1. It looks lovely – and warm. We are due for a colossal snow storm here in Pennsylvania come Monday night into Tuesday evening. Gee, just when the flowers are threatening to peek out of soil warmed from last week’s 72 degrees!

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        1. Kate, I’m sorry to hear that! March can be so fickle. I’m from Illinois and Mom reports similar forecasts. Stay safe, stay warm.

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  2. Oh my god! Just… wow. I can’t pick one, they all look incredible. It again makes me realise I need to get out of the city more to take photos. Its exercise for the dog and me, I can take some snaps… its win win! I need to get my act together!

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    1. Don’t beat yourself up. Do you have a buddy? I know I wouldn’t go out half as much if I had someone to share it with.

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      1. Nope. All I have is my dog. The only friends I have suffer from mental health issues like I do, but none of them listen to me when I try to help them. Despite I have recovered, despite I work in community services. It is frustrating as hell, but my dog is enough is enough to go for a walk. Going to the cinemas alone does get old though!!

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        1. Man’s best friend! Best of luck, Jordan.

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          1. Hehe, yup! Though I have finally stopped being a hermit 🙂 I have finished my studies and am now doing work placement, working with young folk with complex needs. It is -exactly- where I want to be. So hopefully I’ll meet some new people! 😀

            It has also really made me realise how important time is, and to make the most of it, now that I’m actually busy.

            Sorry, I’m rambling. Its just nice to have someone who I know and like to kinda think aloud, if that makes sense. Sorry for the length. And thanks for the kind words, as always Cindy. \

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          2. I love comments. The longer the better. 😉

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          3. Heh, cheers Cindy 🙂 I’m so damned self-conscious!

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  3. What a spectacular place to visit. You must be very happy living in close proximity to such beauty.

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    1. Hi Ian. Yes, I feel blessed this is my back yard. I think this spot and Australia have a lot in common, the space, the rocks, the sky.

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  4. Beautiful! Quite a contrast to the damp Derbyshire moors on my doorstep.

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    1. LOL. Sorry, mate. In late June early July, your lush greenery and bountiful flowers will trump my overheated, dusty landscape.;)
      Today, I’ll take my high desert!

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  5. From a good set, if I have to choose, it’s full moon rising

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    1. Well, thanks, Derrick. I like that one, too.

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  6. I’d go for the first one personally. It just needs Gary Cooper or Jimmy Stewart.

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    1. It’s so funny you mention that, John. Gary Cooper and John Wayne (don’t know about Jimmy) both made films here.

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  7. What a lovely trip and scenery. I like the Shadows Over the Canyon, that’s really nice, and of course the full moon rising is spectacular!

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    1. Hi Paul, thank you! When the sun starts to settle, the colors pop out.I like the shadows and a special treat it just happened to be a full moon out .

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      1. Sounds wonderful, what a great place to see as the moon is rising!

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  8. I think the last one, Full Moon Rising is my favorite. They all were set perfectly, but the last one kept my interest far longer than the rest. More pensive mood, I think.

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    1. Hi GP. I hope you are feeling better.Thanks for the vote.The last one is my personal favorite, too. The sun lowering helped bring out the colors more.

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  9. 80 degrees in March! I’m suitably jealous.
    All nice shots, Cindy, but 5 would make a lovely postcard.
    Best wishes, Pete.

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    1. Now is a very nice time of year. The weather is perfect. Consider #5 my postcard to you! Thank you, Pete.

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  10. They are all great shots – love the serenity of the cows, and the shadows offer great texture…thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you, John. They were welcomed props in a perfect western setting.

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  11. To the moon Cindy !!
    Very nice shots. Where’s the snow?
    We have a lot of those badlands here in Alberta. That’s where we find the dinosaur bones and fossils …

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    1. Hi, JC. The snow line was at 5,000. Flagstaff still has snow on the ground. An hour south, where I am, I’m at 3,500. No snow. Just sunshine. 🙂
      We have some dinosaur bones, too, in AZ. Probably not as many as in Alberta, though!

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  12. Fabulous scenery and if I have to choose then it would be the moon rise.

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    1. Thanks for your vote, Fraggle. We picked the right dusk, for sure.

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  13. Hi Cindy! Stunning shots as always. Boy that full moon one is breathtaking!!

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    1. It sure was! It only got bigger as the minutes went by.

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    1. Thank you, Ruth for the sound out. I appreciate it!

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  14. Shot #6 (Full Moon) has “new Jeff Nichols project” written all over it. Looks like one of those movie posters for independent movies that i love. That’s a really breathtaking shot. All of them are, really.

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  15. You never make it easy Cindy to pick just one but I’ll go with 7.

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  16. Great pics! John Ford could have used your great eye for photography! 🙂

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    1. I would have happily been his assistant 😉

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  17. WOW! These are beautiful Cindy!

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    1. Hi Zoe! Thank you very much for saying so! It was a pretty evening. Sometimes I get lucky and am in the right place at the right time. 🙂

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  18. I love shot 5 so much. It is simply beautiful in a cinematic way. You are truly a master photographer Cindy.

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    1. I just live in a beautiful place, Vinnieh, but I appreciate your kind words.

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      1. I would definitely love to visit somewhere like this in the future. It would be amazing.

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        1. February-May is the best time to visit.

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          1. I’ve noted that down. Who knows, you could see me there in the future.

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          2. I want to see more of America. So far, I’ve only been to Florida.

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          3. The East Coast is pretty crowded. In my experience, the prettiest and historically interesting state is Virginia. It was a privilege to live there for seven years. It’s where I’d go if I ever leave Arizona.

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          4. The main places I want to visit are San Francisco and New Orleans.

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  19. All of them are great – I love the desert 🙂 #5 is my favorite.

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    1. Thank you, Inese. What extreme topography we two share, yes?

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      1. Cindy, if there were no borders, I would go and settle in the desert in the middle of American South West 🙂 Would live in a tent if I must 🙂

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        1. Let’s house swap for a week. I would love to revisit Ireland and my lovely townhouse is 15 mins. from the Sedona Red Rocks. 😉

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          1. Oh dreams, sweet dreams 🙂

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  20. This was a great collection and how cool is that full moon?!

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    1. Yes! It was a great late afternoon. Thanks for commenting.

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      1. The moon is a magical orb to focus upon in the late afternoon darkness. 🙂

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  21. These are absolutely fantastic captures! Hard to pick which I like best they all are wonderful!

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    1. Welcome, Victorialise. We were there at the right time. Thank you for commenting.

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  22. JoshuaRitenourPhotography April 28, 2017 — 12:22 pm

    Nice shots Cindy!

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    1. Welcome, and thanks for saying so, Joshua!

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      1. JoshuaRitenourPhotography April 28, 2017 — 1:56 pm

        We photographers have to stick together! lol

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