Photos from the Southwest

Today is our last day vacationing in the Southwest United States. As I want to do on trips of this nature, I took plenty of photographs. Of course, the Grand Canyon was most scenic, but I’d actually say Sedona was my favorite visit from a sheer awe standpoint. The red rocks were insane, and hiking atop the Cathedral Vortex for sunrise was an all time classic memory. Monument Valley and Santa Fe were not too shabby, either.

Below find select photos from all four locations. I ran out of battery for a few days so some of the shots were taken with my Samsung Galaxy Note. You can see my complete set here.


The city of Sedona

Cathedral Rock Vortex V2
The Cathedral Rock Vortex from afar.

Cathedral Rock Vortex (Cathedral Trail View)
The Approach to Cathedral Rock

The Sun Rises at the Cathedral Rock Vortex
Sunrise Atop Cathedral Rock

Grand Canyon

Sunset on Grand Canyon
Sunset at the Grand Canyon

Full Moon Over the Grand Canyon Long Exposure
Full Moon Rises Above the Grand Canyon (long exposure)

Desert Tower and the Girls
Soleil and Catilin Play Outside of the Desert Tower (lower right)

Sun Rays Coming Into the Canyon
The Grand Canyon at Dusk

Monument Valley/Four Corners

Bluffs in Monument Valley_Snapseed
Monument Valley

The Mittens at Monument Valley
The Mittens Monuments

Soleil at Monument Valley
Soleil and Her Teddy Bear

More Bluffs in Bluff, UT (1)
The Bluffs in Bluff, UT

Santa Fe

Santa Fe Railyard Water Tower
The New Santa Fe Railyard

Soleil Walks the Santa Fe Railyard_Snapseed
An Old Engine Awaits New Passengers

Train Approaches Santa Fe Railyard
And an Action Shot at the Railyard

Soleil Admires the Wind Sculpture Farm
Throughout Santa Fe You Can View Fantastic Art

The Governor's Palace in Santa Fe
The Governor’s Palace in Santa Fe (400 Years Old)


  • The vortexes of Sedona are on my will-visit list. Photos are beautiful. Glad you took time to vacation and enjoy:) Cheers! Kaarina

    • Ah, thank you. You would love it. I just wish I could take another two weeks, but alas, back to the salt mine. Hope you are doing well!

  • They are all gorgeous shots! Glad you and the family had a great time!

  • Glad you enjoyed your time here in Arizona, mate. You picked a good week for it, too! Hard to believe there’s already snow up in Flagstaff. Won’t even hit 90° today down here in the valley. And I got *cold* water from my sink this morning, officially signalling the end of summer in my book. :)

    The Grand Canyon is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. You could just sit there on the edge and feel small – and like it – for hours. Sedona is pretty cool, too. That’s where I went on my first 4WD trail in a Jeep. A few short months later, I sold my car and bought a 4WD.

    Magic happens in Arizona. I’m gonna miss it, I think.

    • I know, fall is here! We loved Sedona so much, we talked about possibly even moving here. I don’t think I could leave easily, so I feel your pain! What a lovely place!

  • Glorious pics, Geoff – you definitely have the eye, and technique/equipment, to be a professional photographer!

    • You are kind to say that, sir! Hope you are doing well!

      • Adjusting to life as an empty-nester – this is our first weekend. It will be tempered by the oldest daughter coming home on Saturday with the grandson and husband…so I have football watching buddies!

  • Geoff,

    Thank you for this … as I sit in my office looking out at the low hanging clouds and Seattle drizzle, I needed to look at these shots, ’cause the unrelenting gray is now upon us ;)

  • Very nice. Its enough to convince someone to change their travel plans and buy a better camera. Your work has come a long way Geoff. Brilliant shots.

    • Ah, thank you, sir. I have been craving an opportunity to shoot with an old school DSLR again instead of the 4/3 camera. I feel like I can do a lot more now with mirrors.

  • Grand tour. Great pics. You chose an excellent time to be here.

  • Beautiful! I live in Tucson but am a newcomer. Az constantly amazes me. So much more than a desert!

  • It’s a big country. More diverse, in landscape, than most others. Go from NYC to Sedona, The Grand Canyon, and more.

    Great landscapes make great photographers.

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