Monday, May 8, 2017

Walnut Canyon


We stopped at this scenic overlook on our way to Flagstaff, AZ last summer. What a view! But then again, I enjoyed all the views between Sedona at around 4,000 feet and up to Flagstaff at around 7,000 feet. 



A local critter.







Once at the top, we stopped at Walnut Canyon. We didn't hike to the cliff dwellings because it started raining. I guess it's lucky I'm not one of the ancient Sinagua, who inhabited these dizzying dwellings long ago. If I couldn't handle a little rain, I probably couldn't scale the limestone fortress to get home. What were they thinking? 





Zoom.







At least we stayed long enough to walk the rim and soak in the sights. Which consisted of blond stone walls, scattered grey tree bones and lots of crows. I do love crows. They are the muse for my future novel after all.


Vista!

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P.S. Visit the The Chorus of the Crows this week for a monster of a post!  

14 comments:

DJan said...

I like that you put the same picture first and last. It tells the story in between the vista. :-)

DUTA said...

Good shot the one with the reptile. It's just that I don't like this critter. I do like ,however, crows. The one in your picture is lovely. In fact the crow appears in three of your pictures.

I suppose the area attracts a lot of hikers because of the cave dwellings of the Sinagua indians , which are interesting both archeologically and anthropologically. Your pictures of these dwellings are very good.

Lea said...

Beautiful views!
Most people just ignore crows, but once you stop to look, listen, and learn, they are very interesting birds!
I think the cliff dwellers chose that location because it was easily defended against invaders. And those people had been going up and down the cliffs since they were energetic children - it builds stamina for a lifetime!
Hope you are having a great day!

A Colorful World said...

Oh I love N AZ...when the kids first started talking about moving from Tucson I thought we might be headed there. But, instead, we went much further north! :-) The terrain is a lot like the high desert area where we live. Beautiful photos!

Pat Tillett said...

That is such a gorgeous part of the country. Walnut Canyon is an amazing place. Although some of the hiking there is brutal, it really does make us appreciate what the ancients had to deal with on a daily basis.
LOVE your photos Sharon!

Les Fous du Cap said...

Les paysages sont magnifiques ;-)
CĂ©line & Philippe

Anu said...

Wonderful landscapes. Great photos.

Jeanna said...

Crows certainly demand to be noticed and I'm always surprised by their size close up. I admire your wide shots as I had a tough time getting anything I liked looking down from on high last week. Really digging the color and texture of the old fallen trees. Good for you having all that energy.

jeannettestgermain said...

Has been soo long ago I was in this area, that I forgot about the city dwellings - pity the weather didn't cooperate with you:( Who knows another time:)

bettyl-NZ said...

These are fascinating scenes! I always wonder about the cliff dwellers--they surely had an easy way in!

Kelleyn Rothaermel said...

Gorgeous! thanks for sharing!

Spare Parts and Pics said...

I've made that drive from Flagstaff to Sedona, and it's one of my favorites. When I see those cliff dwellings, it makes me think they must have been VERY motivated to be protected from their enemies!! Great photos and post.

Stewart M said...

What a wonderful part of the world. Love the pictures with the crow / raven.

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jan Robinson said...

An interesting post. If I were one of ancient Sinagua, I'd try to be the one staying at home tidying the cave and tending the fire!