Sedona, Arizona: I’m still glad to know you.
I had to drive in from the south instead of down the switchbacks of upper Oak Creek Canyon, because they were working on that stretch of highway. Ok. No problem. No timetable, just daylight to burn as I revisit some favorite haunts.
Too early in the day for the Forest Service’s Red Rock Visitor Center to be open. So I was my own rolling visitor center. My own tour guide.
Unseasonably warm for early February. The plants were beginning to stir. I entered Red Rock State Park and walked along Oak Creek. A warm, calm spring morning. Soothing. Nobody else down there.
Down along the beautiful, clear stream the alders were flowering. They don’t have showy flowers like some trees, but rather graceful drooping catkins. Open for business.
The flowing cold water was mesmerizing as it reflected the still bare trees, the blue sky.
Photo locations: Sedona, and Red Rock State Park, northern Arizona. © 2015 Stephen J. Krieg.