Sedona Vortex Hike

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This month I’m so excited to be on five assignments for PHOENIX magazine – it’ll be for the April issue, the Top Doc’s publication!  I’m documenting locations to go along with a story on meditation areas and one of the places included Sedona.

Benjamin and I decided to go up for a night to settle in and rest and then the next morning drive to Boynton Canyon Vortex area – it’s by Enchantment Resort (where I shot the cover of PHOENIX magazine years ago).  It’s just one of several vortex areas in Sedona.  I’m not sure what a vortex is – but they just say it’s energy, just a force, just something that pulls energy and whether or not you can feel it, it’s kinda personal.  If you want to check it out, this website was the most helpful and comprehensive guide which was wonderful!

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The parking was ridiculous and small, so I suggest going early morning, before 10 am especially on a Saturday to ensure a spot – there a $5 day fee so make sure you pay and put the ticket on your dashboard. The hike was incredibly easy, if I can do it with a backpack of heavy equipment, you can do it.

Back to the vortex energy – juniper trees grow straight, but where there is energy/vortex it spirals like this – twisting around itself.

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I also swear there’s truth to it – I had taken a few shots of Benjamin (my model) not yet at the prime spot of the vortex.  Everything was fine, we walked to the main part of where the vortex is said to be the strongest, I took out my camera and the back screen was cracked.  Nuts.

Then I pulled out my iPhone and part of my protectant screen was cracked too.  Ugh.

I posted the news on Instagram and a comment was posted that their Nikon broke there years ago at that spot.

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I rented a 16-35mm/F2.8 L series lens from Tempe Camera for this particular shoot because I needed a wide-wide-wide angle.  I’ve debated investing in buying the lens but for $1500 I’m not quite sure if I’ll need it as often for assignments just yet.  Renting it for a half day (weekend) for $65 is definitely worth testing it out to see.  I can’t report back on my decision just yet but if I get a few more jobs that require that type of scenery I might bite the bullet – but that new Canon 5DS that’s about to be released – that’s quite tempting too!  OK enough camera talk.

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I’ll be able to share the images from our hike in April, sorry to make you wait but PHOENIX has first dibs of course!

Diana Elizabeth is an author, photographer, and obsessive antique shopper. You can typically find her in the garden wrist deep in dirt, at a local estate sale or planning her next epic party. She continues to blog weekly.

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