“God created the Grand Canyon but He lives in Sedona.” You can find this quote here.
This was our 2nd trip to Sedona. We spent 3 days here 2 years ago. This time we spent a quick afternoon. We spent some time walking around at Red Rock State Park. All of the above were taken there with my Nikon D7100 camera and my wide-angle lens. It was a beautiful sunny Sunday afternoon and the park area was packed with people.
These were taken with my Iphone camera, through the windshield. We were going to stop and have a snack in the main town area but it was packed and parking was scarce so we kept going on our way to Flagstaff.
We drove through Oak Creek Canyon on our way to Flagstaff and stopped for a walk around the Oak Creek Vista Point. We could not have asked for a more perfect day.
Yellow-throated warblers are moving through, heading south for the winter.
I think this is a northern parula. They are common right now but this one looks a little scruffy
A male cardinal eating a berry.
The female cardinal is wondering why he isn’t sharing his berry.
The two above pictures are a yellow warbler.
The titmouse and cardinals are year round residents at Chesnut park. The other ones are just passing though. On their way south for the winter. Although, when I took these in mid-September it did not feel like winter would be coming any time soon. Fall migration is in full swing here in Florida but I feel like I’m missing it with work and vacation. Brett and I spent some time in Flagstaff, Arizona hiking in late September. We had beautiful cool weather so I felt like I had a tiny taste of fall. I’m working on the tons of pictures I took now so I’ll be bombarding you with those soon.
A ruddy turnstone staring at me.
The usual oystercatcher walking along the water.
A willet walking by.
These godwits and willets were trying to sleep in the water.
I tried not to wake anyone up. They looked so peaceful.
The above are all black bellied plovers hanging around the marsh.
A sandwich tern fly by.
A handful of shorebirds that were hanging out at Fort Desoto in late September.
Ducks at the neighborhood pond. I haven’s seen a creme colored one around here before.
Another morning of having to wait for ducks to cross the road on the way to work.
My neighborhood osprey finally came back. He’s been gone since March. I’m assuming he’s been off nesting and raising babies. He usually comes back in early July but this year it was late August. Now he sleeps on my neighbor’s sailboat mast and eats his meals on my neighbors dock.
Stormy night through the kitchen window.
View from the backyard. After the storm, the sun peaked out right before it went down.
Close by where I live, a phone pano of a storm coming in.
A few things around the neighborhood in early September.