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Juniper Tree overlook

Juniper Tree overlook

Posted by Keith Peters on Jan 27th 2019

Old Juniper Tree - Sedona - Arizona

If you have ever driven to the Red Rock Crossing State Park in Sedona (we highly recommend you take this drive if you find yourself in Sedona), you have seen a few pull-offs to the left. These pull-off areas provide you with great vantage points to view Cathedral Rock and the beautiful surrounding area. At one of the stops there is an old juniper tree at the top of the hill. This tree has two main branches that form a perfect V. This V makes for a great fame for a long shot of Cathedral rock.

When we are headed to Red Rock Crossing State Park, stopping at this location is mandatory. On our last trip, it had snowed the night before giving us a whole new view of this beautiful scenery.

As most of the snow was caught in the tree, this left the red soil exposed, allowing the tree to stand out. Instead of using the tree as a frame, I decided to make the tree the focal point of the photograph. As this was taken on New Years Day, the sun was low in the sky and this low angle hit perfectly on the trunk forming the left side of the V, highlighting it's unique shape.

~Keith Peters

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