Hiking Sedona Under the Sun and Stars

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October 2020 Hiking Photo & Video

Sedona, Arizona, is known for its scenic red rocks. After months of lockdown at home, and predicting that holiday travel would be difficult, I met my family in Sedona for a week at the end of September and early October. In addition to touring town, I enjoyed some scenic hikes through the unusual ruddy desert.

Several of my hikes began before dawn, both for the best lighting and because the average highs could still reach 90°F. I shot all photos on my iPhone 11 Max, mostly with Camera+ 2 and video with FiLMiC Pro.

A typical trail south of town.
Trail between Bell Rock (pictured) and Courthouse Rock.
Looking south from Chicken Point.
Dawn near Chicken Point.
Hot October sun on the loop trail around Courthouse Rock.
Ocotillo cacti along the trail around Courthouse Rock.
Chicken Point.
A full moon climbs a gap near Cathedral Rock.
Experimenting with iPhone astrophotography: Sagittarius, Scorpius, and — if you look closely — the Milky Way.