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Old Mar 27, 2012, 10:36 AM   #1
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Default Flagstaff, Arizona

is at an elevation of 7000 feet. It's only 30 miles northeast of Sedona but 2400 feet higher. Here's Flagstaff:



The town is just beyond the trees in the above photo. (This was taken with my Fuji FinePix E550, still my favorite P&S.)

What you're looking at above is a ring of peaks - the San Francisco Peaks - that form a huge caldera. The tallest peak you see above is 12.6K so if you picture the original mountain in your mind it was probably a 14K peak or higher, before it blew. The San Francisco Peaks are sacred to the Indian tribes in the area, particularly the Navajo and Hopi tribes. Curiously they got upset when the ski resort up there proposed using recycled waste water for snow machines to extend the skiing season. One Navajo Elder famously remarked, "We don't piss in your churches - don't piss on our mountain."

The area is volcanically active. Sunset Crater was a volcano (near Flagstaff) that blew just yesterday (in geologic time) - 1064 AD.



Historically, Flagstaff is well known as the location of the Lowell Observatory. Percival Lowell, the son of wealthy textile mill owners from, um, Lowell MA, built the Lowell Observatory in 1894. Lowell discovered the former planet Pluto there. Lowell knew that he needed dark skies for an observatory so he sent his young assistant out west to find a good location. The assistant got off the train in Flagstaff (whose existence was founded by the transcontinental railroad running through it). Flagstaff at that time was a rowdy place full of saloons and brothels. Lowell's assistant sent word back that Flagstaff was a great place for an observatory (neglecting to mention that it wasn't all that dark at night), and there you have it.

One of the things I miss about the area is the low humidity so you can see much farther, and actually watch the rain fall:



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Old Mar 27, 2012, 10:59 AM   #2
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Great familiar shots Ted. Great area. We're talking (loosely) about looking SW to live, (loosely!) Trouble is we've tried that and always get back to the coast.

Love the lighting and composition of that last one.

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the reason we were in the area was our daughter was at northern arizona uni so remember flagstaff too
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I really like the SW, lived in Albuquerque twice, and spent several trips to visit my folks in Tucson when they lived there, then the trips through on several drives back to SoCal.
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That is very informative story and very pretty shots Ted. I really like the colors and composition in #1.
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Nice pictures, nr. 1 is also my favorite but still a little above nr. 3 that had very special colors.
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Thank you all for your comments!

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Great familiar shots Ted. Great area. We're talking (loosely) about looking SW to live, (loosely!) Trouble is we've tried that and always get back to the coast.
We would love to live on the coast too but we'd want to be on the water. We're east coast folks and living on the ocean here can be dangerous and destructive. (We're far enough north that hurricanes aren't usually a problem but nor'easters can be vicious.) And with rising ocean levels it will be worse in the future.

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Great pictures Ted,

Looks like Sedona is a great place to visit for a photographic tour.

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I agree, the E550 was/is a great little camera. They still sell on eBay for a fair price. These images show why. Last time I was through that area, I was was homeless and hitchhiking. The scenery is indelibly etched into my memory.
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I agree, the E550 was/is a great little camera. They still sell on eBay for a fair price. These images show why. Last time I was through that area, I was was homeless and hitchhiking. The scenery is indelibly etched into my memory.
I purchased a new one off Ebay not too long ago. I don't use it all that much but it's surprisingly good for a tiny camera, and has an OVF that zooms with the lens. Eats batteries like a teenager going through a refrigerator, though.

I sure hope you weren't there in the winter. At 7000 feet, even most new homes in Flag don't have air conditioning.

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