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I’ve decided that fall is my favorite season, and I would love to spend it in Sedona, Arizona. This is another shot from my first camping trip of the fall colors framed by a large, fallen tree.

Natural Framing of the Fall Colors

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Closeup with a Chicken

by Kristi Hines

While wandering around the Gold King Mine Ghost Town, I discovered that I really liked chickens. Not eating them, mind you, but photographing them.

Closeup Chicken

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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For a while here in Arizona, I thought we had escaped the winter with several days in the 70’s. But that changed this Tuesday (Valentine’s Day) when it dropped back to a chilly temp. Chilly for us in Phoenix at least. In tribute, I decided to post something wintry.

The Lonely Snow Covered Trees at the Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Inside a Slot Canyon

by Kristi Hines

Over the holiday, I got to experience my first slot canyon. I really didn’t get my husband’s enthusiasm about them (he has a nice collection of slot canyon photos) until I went through one myself. By the end of our trip, we had went through three and I figured out why he loved them so much! This was a shot inside the first one.

Inside a Slot Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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I have to admit, I’m usually not enthused about the cold or being up early in the morning. But being at the Grand Canyon early on a foggy day when you only get a few glimpses from the rim can pay off at the right moments.

Snow Covered Grand Canyon from Bright Angel Trail

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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It Was Blue Hour…

by Kristi Hines

This shot was taken around blue hour, but thanks to a messed up white balance, it looked like pink hour. I’m a fan of infrared photography, and so far this is the closest I’ve gotten to that same affect.

Blue Hour at the Snow Covered Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Winter Wonderland

by Kristi Hines

Many photographers would say there is nothing worse than pure blue sky when shooting a landscape scene, but there is something perfect about it when paired with snow!

Winter Wonderland Snow Covered Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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This weekend, we traveled to the South Rim of the Grand Canyon after a nice snowfall. If you have ever wanted to see deer, this is the best time. I thought I was lucky to see about 9 early in the morning, but by the end of the day, we had probably seen around 40 in various places (including one group of about 15 just running through the snow-covered woods. This group was grazing and not too concerned about us taking pictures of them.

Deer at the South Rim of the Snow Covered Grand Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Fall Reflections

by Kristi Hines

Water always seems to be the calmest in the morning, which led to this serene moment where I could see the fall colors reflecting in the nearby stream.

Fall Reflections

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Camping in the Fall

by Kristi Hines

This was the scene of my first camping experience in the beautiful campgrounds of Lo Lo Mai Springs outside of Sedona, Arizona. For anyone looking for a place to camp in that area, I would definitely recommend this place, especially during the fall. The colors around the campgrounds were absolutely gorgeous! More photos from this area to come next week!

Thanks Chris Frailey for sharing the photos of raccoons from here!

Lo Lo Mai Springs Campground Sedona Arizona Fall 2011

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8
Processing: Adobe Lightroom 3

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Red Rock

by Kristi Hines

While out on my first canyoneering trip, I managed to notice some of the intricate details of the nature around me. This red rock looked perfectly placed in this spot and it begged to be photographed.

The Red Rock

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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The Shady Stump

by Kristi Hines

It’s not often you see something creepy during the day, but when the light in the woods falls just the right way, you’ll find it. In this case, it was a hollowed-out tree stump in the midst of the lovely fall colors. I had hoped to find an owl sleeping in it, but oh well.

Oak Creek Canyon

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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Photographer at Work

by Kristi Hines

This past weekend, I went on my first canyoneering adventure (photos here on Facebook). It was a pretty awesome experience, followed up by some of the worst soreness I’ve ever experienced in muscle groups I wasn’t sure existed until now.

I also took my new (get ready for it) point & shoot out for a spin because the last thing I wanted to do was carry any more gear with me while down-climbing and rappelling. My husband, on the other hand, was on the job, photographing everyone while they came down the canyon. I snapped this shot of him, hard at work in the evening light.

Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS8

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