Sunday, July 26, 2009

Quintessential Sedona …

In picture: rock formations around the city
I was in Sedona most of last week for a business trip. These are some of the pictures/moments from the week…

The unusual red colors of the earth/rocks come from the Iron oxide in a post-glacial flooding that filled all of the Verde Valley.


My first evening started with a cool glass of ‘Sangria’ which is Red wine with La Pinta pomegranate tequila, hibiscus and triple sec! I must say it is worth a try…


In picture: Chile Relleno with a side of corn tortilla, and beans topped with salsa

Dinner was Chile Relleno with vegetable picadillo, goat cheese and queso Oaxaca. Vegetable picadillo was an interesting twist to the dish! I wonder that’s why chef called it picadillo!



Many homes have adobe style, which can also be seen through out south west. House on the botton of the hill reflects the style.



Wide open spaces....


Room with a view..



Play of light on the leaves caught my eye...outside Hilton
I saw use of red rocks in the design elements though out the city, which creates a very harmonious visual effect…almost one with nature.


In picture: statue at the entrance of Sedona Hilton
There is a very big influence of Native American heritage on art.

I fell in love with this vibrant-colorful/so-full-of-mischief sculpture by a local artist. It was also so-out-of-my price-range!



Tamed...The tall one is Saguaro- an cactus found only in Arizona. It can grow several stories tall.



Play of color and light on the rocks...


The two shots were taken within minutes of each other...



At the end of the trip, we did get a chance to visit Palatki and Honanki Ruins. They are both a World Heritage site.


In picture: Palatki ruins
The people responsible for creating the ruins are the Sinagua (literally means without water) people, who lived in central Arizona between 500 AD and 1425. There are no signs of them anywhere and historians are not certain but they surmise that warfare and drought were key factors in their departure or extinction.




Site of the Ruins- taken from a distance. The dwellings were almost 20-30ft above ground, just where the tree line ends.



Luminous sunset, hinting all things must come to an end…..



Neela asman so gaya....



Fitting end to a wonderful trip..

26 comments:

Mohan said...

Nice summarization and beautiful capture of all those pics. Thanks for sharing all the historical info too!

Tarun Mitra said...

Beautiful Pictures and nice commentary. All of them are very beautiful.

Mridula said...

Now I can see what a lovely trip it was!

Rush said...

i loved the reavel food and the sculptures..u bought the entire trip together!!!

Mildred said...

Thank you for your visit to my blog. This is a treat for me to see these photographs on your post today. Scenery unlike anything I have experienced. Wonderful history too.

Laoch of Chicago said...

Wow, these are just truly wonderful pictures. What a great trip.

Felinità said...

Miao! Spare the visit. That interesting, photos travel only to see them.
I do not know English, the translator helps... Bye Bye

Something Happened Somewhere Turning said...

I grew up in the Arizona desert for the first 15 years of my life. I hated the heat, but I loved the beauty. What great pictures you have from all over.
Thanks for stopping by.b

Dora said...

Sedona? No, i have not been there before. Thanks for sharing with us ur experience there. :D

Swatantra said...

That's beautiful picture!! I liked the neela asmaan so gaya...

Thanks for the visit to my blog, do come again!!

Parisarapremi said...

Amazing!!!

ANULAL said...

Thia is wonderful!!

I love traveling, and I THINK YOUR BLOG IS THE RIGHT DESTINATION FOR ME.

Thank you so much for your visit and comments on my blog.
Anulal:)

Jeevan said...

I wonder at nature’s formation, and this is amazing. The pictures along with words create certain feel of visiting.

Loved the saguaro and the game of light on rock!

flyingstars said...

Some very beautifully captured shots from a beautiful place....lovely reading about it!

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Aik said...

Beautiful pictures + a wonderful post! Thanks for the follow. ;)

Aik.

Almost Precious said...

Thank you for visiting my blog, if you had not, I would never have discovered yours! It is fantastic. I look forward to returning to your blog often, enjoying your spectacular photos and enlightening information.

Rajesh said...

The rock formations are exceptionally beautiful.

indicaspecies said...

What a fascinating trip you had! I loved the colors of the rock formations. Thank you for an interesting post.

SG said...

Nice blog. Excellent pictures. I visited there once. I loved the Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village.

Indrani said...

Lucky you! Seeing such great spots. Thanks for sharing the shots.

~PakKaramu~ said...

Pak Karamu reading your blog

Sujata said...

Thanks Mohan

Tarun Mitra – thanks!

Mridula : I wish I was there again…

Rush – thanks!

Mildred : welcome to my blog too! I am glad you enjoyed the post.

Laoch of Chicago thanks!

Felinità thanks. You communicated very well! :)

Something Happened Somewhere Turning thank you for stopping by. I am glad you enjoyed the post.

Dora : it is worth the visit. If you get a chance, do stop by.

Swatantra : I most definitely will. Welcome to my blog too!

Parisarapremi thanks!

ANULAL : WELCOME ABOARD!

Jeevan : I share your feeling of wonder…

flyingstars : thanks!

sexy legs and body: Thanks you for the offer. Would love to link!

Aik – Thanks you!

Almost Precious Welcome to my blog! :)


Rajesh – thanks, They are one of the kind!

indicaspecies- thanks!

SG : I did not go there…reason to visit again!

Indrani – you are welcome!

~PakKaramu~ thanks! Welcome to my world!

bindu said...

These are great pictures. I loved that horse, tortoise sculpture.

Anonymous said...

Sedona is a lovely place. I went there in the summer of 2005. Photos are here: http://atulks.myphotoalbum.com/view_album.php?set_albumName=album28

BTW I came to your blog from Mridula's page.

- Atul

Sujata said...

Thanks Bindu.

Atul, welcome to my blog. I will definately check this link. Thank you for sharing.