Lush Creek




The west fork of Oak Creek near Sedona, Arizona, is one of my favorite locations in the Southwest. Oak Creek itself is a pretty small, as creeks goes, and you can, in many places, walk across it without getting your feet wet. But what the creek lacks in size it more than makes up for in sheer beauty, and it is a very extraordinary location.

What makes this creek special is its combination of lush, thick foliage, the high red-rock canyon walls that tower over it, and its myriad of quiet pools that make absolutely perfect reflections. It some places, it is like looking into a mirror and you almost lose your orientation.

This photograph was made just after a mid-summer rain on a quiet evening. The rain brought out not only the vibrant, rich greens, but also highlighted the deep reds of the canyon walls, each complimenting the other, with both reflected on the still surface of the pool. The tranquility of the canyon overlaid everything else, and provided a deep sense of inner peace. When it was time to go, I found myself dawdling and lingering, finding every excuse I could to stay just a few more moments to enjoy. Eventually, however, daylight faded away, shrouding the canyon in a different kind of beauty.

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