On our way up to Page, we stopped at Wupatki National Monument. If you know me, you know I collect National Parks cancellation stamps and I knew I could get at least one cancellation at Wupatki Surprise! I got two because Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument is at the same location. The drive up to the ruins was incredible. The landscape changed with the elevation. At one point we stopped to take a few pictures at a scenic overlook and ended up taking a series of selfies in the middle of the road. I think my favorite part of the trip was the Lava Flow Trail that we hiked. I even found a heart-shaped piece of lava – I only took a photo of it and put it back. As we approached Page, it was nearing sunset and the Grand Canyon was in the distance. The sun hit the red rocks and it looked like it was glowing.
Visiting Antelope Canyon has been on my life list for ages. The photos I’ve seen are surreal and I always thought they were photoshopped to look so, well, amazing. I’m here to say it’s all natural. The photos practically take themselves.
We started the tour with Lynette, who was amazing. She was super knowledgeable about how the canyons were created, discovered, and even the best way to shoot inside them. She had all the photographers set their cameras to the right ISO and shutter speed before we went in. I was giddy with excitement and words cannot explain how breathtaking the interior is. I teared up a little bit as I walked through the orange glow and almost really cried when we spotted a sunbeam later in the tour. After walking through with our group for about 30 minutes, we were given about 20 minutes to spend some time exploring on our own before meeting the group back at the entrance. Overall, a dream come true. Check out some of the snaps I took with my new Nikon 1 camera. With the exception of the black & white shots, these are straight out of the camera.
Last week, I was in Phoenix for work. Because it had been so long since I was last there, I bookended the work-week with two fun weekends. The first weekend was spent visiting all the stores and restaurants that I had been missing. The second weekend was a girls’ weekend that I had been planning since January.
I’d always wanted to see Antelope Canyon but never made it north to do the tour when I lived there. Determined to make it happen, I asked all the girls in the office to join me on a little road trip. Five of them took me up on the offer. One of the spots that we checked out on our way to the canyons was Horseshoe Bend. It’s a part of the Grand Canyon where the Colorado River has carved out a horseshoe shape in the rock. It’s actually the most photographed spot in Arizona.
Here are a few photos that I took with my new Nikon 1 camera. I was pretty impressed with how great the photos came out with minimal processing. (I only adjusted the tone and made the last image black & white.)
This past weekend, the weather was GLORIOUS. It was in the 50s and sunny. I spent all day Saturday in Soho checking out pastry shops, galleries, and boutiques. It was a fab day filled with amazing food and no set agenda. Here are some snaps of my adventure.
Dominique Ansel Bakery – Home of the Cronut
African Burial Ground National Monument
Lunch at Le Pain Quotidien
It’s holiday card season and how lucky am I that this lovely couple asked me to take photos for their Christmas cards! We spent some time in downtown historic Gilbert enjoying the gorgeous weather. I brought a few Christmas-y props and just let them play and have a good time with each other. Thanks Adrienne and Mike for being good sports and making this shoot so easy!