by Willow Smith
Elevation: 4,500 feet
I often find myself in the beauty of Sedona, Arizona's wonderful expanse of red rocks and crystal blue sky. This time was special in particular because I was joined with some of my best friends in the entire world. Friends made in college, friends made by chance, friends made in different cities; we were all able to come together and go off the beaten path (literally), to have a day of exploration and creativity.
We had a wonderful afternoon that started at Cathedral Rock, in Sedona. Instead of the usual path to the top, where a spiritual vortex is present, we ventured off to a near by field we spotted that was in the sun, as it was quite chilly that day. We started down the hill, not sure if we were going in the right direction or whether we would be able to find our way back up or not. We found ourselves in this beautiful grass field pictured, where we jumped around and took photos for about an hour. The sunlight was perfect. Being out in that field and taking photos with my friends is what photography and adventure is all about. There was no pressure to get a certain shot or hike all the way to the top. We just did what felt right in the moment and had fun exploring in our own way. We even inspired a few other hikers to follow our path, as a few saw us down in the field and came to join. What I learned from this day is to do what feels right in the moment and have fun capturing it along the way. I look forward to finding more special spots like this one with my friends during our next explorations.
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