And then of course to Grand Canyon....
We decided against covering huge distances in favour of soaking in a couple of special locales; so, much of our Arizona time was spent in the Sedona and Red Rocks area. The rock formations are so red and dramatic. It was a challenge for me to watch where my feet were going while my eyes kept drifting upwards to the rock faces all around!
My passion for prehistoric art and all things ancient demanded that we visit a couple of rock-art sites in the Sedona Valley. Indigenous people who inhabited Arizona's Verde Valley for hundreds of years before Europeans arrived (since about 11,500 BC) produced both pictographs (painting on the rock) and petroglyphs (etching into the rock) which are wonderfully preserved at several sites.
I took innumerable photos of these amazing designs, in different light situations, at slightly different times, from a zillion different angles. I now have a great collection of inspirational snippets for tile and panel design.
And of course I had to photograph wildflowers and animals wherever I found them (my family says I'm famous for this.......).