Zane Grey wrote Call of the Canyon from a cabin at the mouth of the west fork of Oak Creek in the Red Rock Secret Mountain Wilderness north of Sedona, AZ. Spending the morning hiking and photographing, I understand his inspiration…birds sing spring songs, a slight breeze rustles through the leaves, the creek flows rhythmically. The skies are blue and warm light bounces off the red rock canyon walls. An almost perfect day for photography and enjoying the outdoors. And then came Bubba. Bubba made a hike like this 50 pounds ago and based on that experience is now an expert in all things hiking and nature. His explanation to his family of how to cross the creek without getting their feet wet was both colorful and loud…echoing far up canyon. What I didn’t expect as I reached the creek crossing was his wit: “Taking pictures?” This to an individual carrying a tripod and DLSR on his shoulder. “Your pictures will probably be better than mine; I use an Instamatic.” Actually Bubba seemed a decent sort as we got to know each other while waiting for his group to cross. I certainly commend him for getting his family out on the hike; I just wish he would do so with a bit less enthusiasm. Photographically the conditions were almost perfect – with plenty of warm light bouncing down the red canyon walls, calm areas in the creek for decent reflections. I only wish for a bit more green along the creek to add some color to the water.
And on the trail a few flowers were showing.