A Different View

When you make the trip to Sedona, I highly recommend seeing it by balloon. Neither my wife nor I have ever ridden in a hot air balloon so we were a little apprehensive about what to expect. Turns out it was a few hours of breathtaking views and crisp morning air, absolutely delightful. We used Red Rock Balloons and they were professional, safe and hospitable. Looking up at the giant red rocks of Sedona gives you an indelible feeling of grandeur and power. The view from the air, eye level with the giants, allows a glimpse into nooks and intricacies etched into the stones from all angles, revealing facets unable to be seen from below. I recommended hiking the area a few days ago, which immerses you in the canyons. In a balloon the expanse of miles of the landscape rolls on and on. Hopefully the pictures can express what I saw since my words fall short.

My wife eagerly watching the balloon inflate

In the air watching the others

Amazing power of sunlight

The skill of our balloonist was impressive, we climbed up and gradually descended artfully.  

Just after dawn was the perfect time to be in the air.

Quite a few balloons were in our view, but they just enhanced and gave scale to the vistas

In the early morning rays of the sun our beautiful country certainly showed its wonder

That's us :)

From the depths of the canyons to the plateau to the mountains in the distance

Pictures taken on the NIkon D800 and D4 using Nikkor 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6, Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 and Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses.