The Land of the Vortex

Sedona, Arizona.

The nature of sacred power spots… The land of the vortex.

I flew to Phoenix for a few days to get away from the snow and cold here in Tahoe and to visit a good friend. I didn’t know I was going to Sedona. It was a surprise. Not only was it a great surprise, but very appropriate to refresh my mind and soul in this truly spiritual place.

I was excited to to take my pro camera gear with me to capture whatever I was going to come across in Arizona. Sedona suddenly became the best possible subject to an exciting photo excursion.

Only to soon learn that a major equipment packing hick-up would compromise my abilities to get the images I was hoping to. I forgot to pack the plate that would attach my Canon 5D to the tripod. Big mistake. I chose to recover from that though quickly and planned on making the best of my well trusted hand-held techniques.

I was beyond excited to spend a couple of days capturing with my camera as well as with my mind.

Over millions of years, layers of sandstone and limestone were left in the area by a receding ocean. Iron oxide eventually covered the grains of sandstone and, in a natural process, rust formed. The stunningly beautiful red rocks of Sedona are the result of this process.

Here, spiritual locations where the energy is right to facilitate prayer, mediation and healing are abundant.

A well known phenomena that is very much experienced by people in this area is called vortex. A vortex is created from spiraling motion of air or liquid around a center of rotation. Spiraling and heightened spiritual and metaphysical energy swirling around, that crescendos right into your very core if you know how to receive it. But it could happen even if you don’t know anything about it. It’s that powerful.

Standing there in the middle of the red rock grandeur, your aura becomes almost tangible… Vortex sites are believed to be locations having energy flow that exists on multiple dimensions. The energy of the vortexes interacts with a person’s inner self. It is not easily explained. Obviously it must be experienced.

So the first day I headed out for a hike to Doe Mountain with my friend who was the funnest companion and very much interested in leaning a bit more about photography. I’m not much of a teacher just by the lack of my technical interest, but I was more than happy to give a few pieces of useful information about exposure along the way.

The weather was perfect. High 80s, brilliant blue sky with scattered clouds. I didn’t particularly try for early light or sunset shooting knowing my tripod issue, but I was enjoying capturing the vibrant blues of the sky and the red glow of the rocks all around.

On the top of Doe Mountain, I felt it. The vortex. It indulged me in the most incredible calmness and peace, the most humbling feeling of being part of Nature and the Universe.

I lied there with this magical view around me feeling very insignificant. Listening to sounds that only natural elements can create in their primordial wonder. Yet I could hear it, it was a profound way of silence that simply took my breath away. And the quiet remained even when a bird started singing the most beautiful tunes and the breeze softly danced around anything it could touch with an ever resonating hum replacing all of my mental noise I may have had from living a human life with thoughts.

I thought about being insignificant again compared to the energies and forces of the entire Universe and our Planet. Then once I found inner stillness, I decided that I was indeed very much significant to be able to be part of this unbelievable wonder around me as another source of constantly moving and changing atoms and molecules.

Energy. Is what we are. And we have the power to always make it positive, pleasant and vibrant once we figure out how to love the entire Universe.

These photos were taken within two days. A little polarized effect was added but not much else.

Bear Mountain in a distance

The view off of Doe Mountain

Devil’s Bridge

Bell Rock

The miracle shot with the help of a few pieces of rocks

And this one was just perfect too!