There are many plazas in Guanajuato. This one was my favorite as I found it by accident, it wasn’t crowded, and it was a lovely place to chill for a half hour.
Today’s photo (a 12-photo photomerge actually) is from our New Year’s Eve hike down Bright Angel Trail after snow fell during the night. We didn’t go all the way down, not even close. But this was a spectacular trail even with limited visibility, and the trail probably wasn’t as crowded as it is much of the time.
Cathedral Rock is likely the most recognizable of Sedona’s many red, sandstone formations. My favorite thing about this image is the memory of my condition at the time I took it. We were on our way down after reaching the end of the trail. I had a really bad headache until we began our descent. I took this when my head was experiencing a bit of a post-headache euphoria.
Should you ever find yourself on Koyasan, here is a little secret. Everyone is eating breakfast and dinner (in their shukubo) at about the same time. Set your meal time to be on the edge of those times (first or last). If first, head out immediately after eating to find deserted, instead of crowded, temples and shrines. If last, explore just before eating. You’ll be amazed at how much better a temple site can look and feel when you are the only one there.
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.