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View from Bumpass Hell Trail

Bumpass Hell Trail

One of the views I mentioned last week was this one.

The three peaks in this photo are (from left to right): Brokeoff Mountain, Mt. Diller, and Pilot Pinnacle.

Bumpass Hell @ Lassen Volcanic National Park

7-photo photomerge bumpass hell lassen

7-photo photomerge of Bumpass Hell in Lassen

Funny name, really cool place. The easy hike to Bumpass Hell has some spectacular views. Once you arrive at Bumpass Hell, it feels like you’re in another world.

Sedona’s southeastern valley from Cathedral Rock Trail

Looking across Sedona's southeastern valley from Cathedral Rock Trail

Fay Canyon

Fay Canyon

On a lousy weather day we headed out to walk on the Fay Canyon Trail in Sedona. I figured this would finally be a less-than-spectacular experience given that every trail we had done so far in Sedona was so good and the sky was completely overcast. Not so. Fay Canyon was as good as all the rest even without any sun or blue sky. I felt like I was in Jurassic Park.

Chapel Trail

10-photo photomerge from Chapel Trail

On Sunday morning, January 1, 2017 we decided to go to church. We dropped Ellie off at the “Church of the Rowing Machine” for her daily, 2-hour ergathon. We headed to the Chapel of the Holy Cross in Sedona, Arizona. The chapel itself is way overrated, although the views from there are as spectacular as dozens of other locations in Sedona. On our way away from the crowds, back down the hill, we noticed a sign for “Chapel Trail” on the other side of a small fence/gate. We had another hour to kill before picking up Ellie so we went through the gate even though it had an odd sign on it that seemed to indicate that this was not the trail head. The gate was unlocked and the sign said something about being closed 5 p.m. – 8 a.m. so we figured the trail was closed at night.

Wow! What a trail! The conditions were perfect as it had rained the night before and sun occasionally broke through. The rain really brought out the colors in the rock. No one was on this most beautiful trail. That seemed odd given the hundreds of people bumping into each other at the nearby chapel.

Today’s photo is of “The Nuns”. The scene was stunning, but I didn’t have my wide angle lens with me. So this photo is actually a composite of 10 photos. I took five vertical photos across the top, five vertical photos across the bottom, and then photomerged them into this final product. I had never done a photomerge of two rows of photos before. It will be my new go-to method when I need to capture more of a scene than my lens can handle. The only downside is the rock formation looks farther away from the viewer than reality. In real life The Nuns were right in my face.

End of Trail

cathedral rock sedona

Cathedral Rock Trail (Sedona, Arizona)

Today we depart Sedona and head back to Las Vegas.

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