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Oak Creek Canyon

I am heartbroken that Oak Creek Canyon is burning. (News here.) Oak Creek Canyon runs north-south between Flagstaff and Sedona, Arizona. It’s one of my favorite places in the great southwest. I’ve visited several times and photographed in Oak Creek Canyon. Browsing through the library, here’s an older image shot in Oak Creek Canyon.

Oak Creek Canyon Above Sedona. Nikon 8700. 21 mm. ISO 100. 1/70 sec at f/3.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.

Oak Creek Canyon Above Sedona. Nikon 8700. 21 mm. ISO 100. 1/70 sec at f/3.5. Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.

The walls of Oak Creek Canyon are vertical and the country is very rugged. It is so difficult to fight the fire from within the canyon that they are apparently having to let it burn until if reaches  point where they can fight it. I pray that lives and homes are not lost.

Not strictly in Oak Creek Canyon, this image shows the magnificent red rocks of the mountains above Sedona.

Red Rock Hills. Nikon 8700. ISO 100. 9mm. 1/230 sec at f/4. (c) Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.

Red Rock Hills. Nikon 8700. ISO 100. 9mm. 1/230 sec at f/4. (c) Copyright Joanne Mason 2011.

This is truly beautiful country. Here’s a current newsphoto of the same country.

Oak Creek Canyon Slide Fire Arizona May 2014

Oak Creek Canyon Slide Fire Arizona May 2014. Ross Franklin/Associated Press.

We hear a lot these days about what seems to be (along with other severe weather phenomena) the increasing number and severity of extreme brush and forest fires. This has to be the consequence of the global climate change our planet is going through (“global warming”) which is all too real. Here is a good article on the relationship between wildfires and global warming.

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