Last week, I returned from my annual pilgrimage to Sedona AZ.
I go there to attend the Total Alignment Body + Soul + Paintbrush Retreat
held by Connie of Dirty Footprints Studio.
Last year, I remember being so taken . . .
and so incredibly inspired by the natural beauty of Sedona.
The landscape changes quickly as the light glows golden one moment and pink the next.
Clouds move swiftly through the valleys, threatening thunderstorms, then clearing within minutes.
The desert is so powerful and so clean.
It's truly breathtaking to hike those hills and
paint in the shadows of the famous Red Rocks.
That was true again this year, for sure.
However, I was, this time, more taken by the smaller things.
My camera's eye was drawn to the close, to the tiny.
Textures. Shapes. Symbols. Spices. Customs.
Ledges of stones.
Parched red Earth.
Beds of kindling.
Circles of spikes.
Cairns in the river.
Copper and water.
Mauves and oranges on green.
Tiny homes underfoot.
Shrines and Milagros.
Wind chimes and charms.
Jangles of bangles.
Baskets and baubles.
Vessels of clay.
MORE crosses and circles.
But oh . . . those Sedona Smiles!