Soaking in natural beauty

By Carol / February 9, 2015 /

Some places encourage – perhaps even demand – that a person stop thinking, stop talking, and simply soak in nature. Sedona, Arizona, is one of them.

I had the pleasure of spending two days this past week in the natural beauty of red rock splendor. A Pink Jeep Tour was worth the money as we journeyed to remote locations and learned about the geology, botany, and human history of the area.

I invite you enjoy some of the beauty, too.

Red rocks reveal history of millions of years.

Red rocks reveal history of millions of years.

View from the top of Submarine Rock

View from the top of Submarine Rock

Cactus frame red rocks.

Cacti frame red rock spires.

Cyprus tree may be a 1,000+ years old

Cyprus tree 1,000+ years old

Pink Jeep Tours get two thumbs up.

Pink Jeep Tours get two thumbs up.

Writing take away? It’s no wonder so much art is created in Sedona. Nature inspires me when I take time to absorb what it has to share. Then  I return to the keyboard refreshed and with new insights.

Where do you go for inspiration?

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  1. Christoph Fischer on February 9, 2015 at 11:06 pm

    I love that place. It must be quite an inspiration. I’m so jealous.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on February 10, 2015 at 7:57 am

      You’d love it Christoph. By foot or by jeep or just driving on the roads open to all cars, the views are magnificent.

  2. Elfrieda Schroeder on February 10, 2015 at 11:07 am

    I think it was 1975 when my husband and I were there. We left our two children with my parents and took a holiday before going to a missions conference. I have vivid memories of that beautiful place to this day. Thanks for reminding me!

    • Carol Bodensteiner on February 11, 2015 at 9:39 am

      A special – and romantic – place to come with your husband, Elfrieda. I’m glad the pictures recalled memories for you.

  3. Shirley Hershey Showalter on February 10, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    I visited Sedona last year. Loved it. The combination of bright blue sky and red rocks has inspired both writers and artists over the centuries, and it’s easy to see why.

    Good time to re-read Country Girl Author Willa Cather. 🙂 Especially Death Comes for the Archbishop, The Professor’s House, and The Song of the Lark.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on February 11, 2015 at 9:38 am

      The blue and red were stunning as was the blue and white created by the bark of the sycamore trees that weren’t leafed out yet. Good point about “Country Girl” Willa Cather. I read Death Comes for the Archbishop some years ago. Time for a re-visit.

  4. Sharon Lippincott on February 10, 2015 at 2:38 pm

    Beautiful pics. Thanks for refreshing my memory of Submarine Rock. We were there several years ago and I’d forgotten the name.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on February 11, 2015 at 9:42 am

      It’s always fun for me to see the rock shapes. Like clouds, we can all use our imaginations in regard to what to name them. Normally, I’m not wild about having other people in my pictures, but the people in this picture illustrated just how expansive the top of that rock is.

      • Sharon Lippincott on February 11, 2015 at 5:16 pm

        I’m with you on having unspoiled natural beauty, sans intruders. But I’m beginning to realize that people are part of the landscape at certain places around there, like Submarine Rock, Cathedral and Bell Rocks and similar site. I’m starting to think of them as similar to wildlife.

        Speaking of shapes, is that Bill and Monica perched behind the cactus? Your driver may have mentioned those rocks …

        • Carol Bodensteiner on February 11, 2015 at 6:04 pm

          People as wildlife. That’s an interesting perspective.
          Speaking of perspective, I hadn’t thought of that formation as Bill & Monica. There was a discussion of Snoopy …

          • Sharon Lippincott on February 13, 2015 at 8:50 am

            Bill and Monica might be elsewhere. Or maybe the topic has lost its punch.

          • Carol Bodensteiner on February 13, 2015 at 5:42 pm

            Perhaps. They were no where on this tour.

  5. Chuck Robertson on February 14, 2015 at 12:53 pm

    I love the pictures. There’s a place called Garden of the Gods in Colorado that I visited a long time ago. It has similar beauty.

    • Carol Bodensteiner on February 14, 2015 at 7:00 pm

      Thanks for reminding me of Garden of the Gods, Chuck. I visited the area some years ago with my family and we really enjoyed our time there. The red rocks and formations are spectacular and so different from the Midwest. One of the reasons they inspire me.

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