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The big skies of northern Arizona

The way to Grand Falls goes through some of the more interesting and beautiful places I’ve seen in Arizona. This mountain is part of a large group of dormant volcanoes that reside in northern Arizona. The land is full of low bushes and trees are a rarity. It made for some astounding looking mountains and hills…treeless, smooth and golden…toss in an amazing looking sky with awesome clouds and I couldn’t resist pulling the car over to take this shot.

Mailboxes, etc

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The way to Grand Falls goes through Luepp Road, which was picturesque and almost as interesting to me as the Falls themselves. There were quite a few of these little mailbox clusters along the way and this scene above spoke to me so much, I actually turned around and went back a few miles to make sure I captured it before returning to my trip to the Falls.

There was just something about the way the mailboxes were all huddled together, the dirt road runs off for miles and in the far distance you can actually see the houses these boxes belong to. The sky was so great this day…the clouds perfection.

I’ve lived in Arizona my entire 35+ years of existence yet still I have so much to see and discover…Luepp Road is a stretch of country I’ve never seen before but am so grateful I got the chance.

Sunset from below Grand Falls

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I’ve seen pictures where Grand Falls is flowing with so much water it almost looks like a western version of Niagara Falls. In fact, the 184-drop of Grand Falls is higher than Niagara.

March of this year was probably the best time to actually see the water roaring over the edge, so I missed it by a few months. However, if I’d been there back in March, this shot wouldn’t have been possible. I’d likely be standing in at least 2-4 feet of raging water, if not more.

The shadows on the right side of the photo kind of reveal that the sun was going down behind me and it really cast a wonderful light on the waterfall itself. And those that follow my work know how much I love clouds in my shots, so I was extremely lucky and blessed to have some of the stormy stuff make it into the photo.

Technical jargon: I finally purchased some ND filters just for this very trip and this shot was created with five manually bracketed shots using an external shutter trigger, a 3 stop ND filter and a CPL filter.

Welcome to Grand Falls, Arizona

One of my “bucket list” items if you will was to visit this amazing place called Grand Falls. It’s in northern Arizona about 30 miles or so northeast of Flagstaff. The falls are located on Indian land and the last leg is a 10 mile drive on a bumpy dirt road, which in my little Toyota Solara, took about 45 minutes to traverse.

I have a ton more photos to post over the week, but this is the first one, it even may be my favorite of the bunch. So far.

While not a ton of people know about this place, it has been photographed a number of times. I was hoping to find my own view of it, my own angle and perhaps something different. I don’t think any HDR shots of it have been done before either, that was my other goal. Those are yet to come.

This shot is a simple black and white, and looks at the falls as scene through one of the covered viewing areas. I liked how the wood pillars and stone roof sort of framed the scene in front of me.

Much more to come…click on the above picture for a larger look!