High on House Mountain

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© Steven Schutz
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UploadedJanuary 8, 2011
TakenOctober 2, 2010
MakeOlympus Imaging Corp.
Exposure1/160 sec at f/7.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length4.7 mm
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On the epic cross country hike in sandals, we reached a vantage point on House Mountain a few miles from Sedona.
We stopped to rest and take on nourishment and contemplated forging ahead to try and make Sedona.
Knowing we would not have enough to return on foot, we considered calling dear mom to come retrieve her sons once we got there, but decided against it as we were already pretty well burned.
The view was gorgeous as well as dangerous as there was no path, only nasty prickly cacti of all manner, snakes and other poisonous vermin lurking at every step.
I ended up pulling a record 27 tiny cacti needles from my right knee, I did not know this until I began to extract them that each beautiful needle had a microscopic like barb on the end that made it difficult and painful to remove, a small price to pay for such an experience.
My brother and guide sits up off to the left contemplating the sheer beauty as I was doing the needle extractions.
We never made it to the top, only about half way up, and it was getting steeper and more treacherous with each step, our common sense and need for survival won out and shortly after I shot this photo we began out long hike down the mountainside and towards our casa in Page Springs.
We were indeed High on House Mountain.

5 responses

  • Dunja Kolar

    Dunja Kolar gave props (8 Jan 2011):

    excellent photo!!like it

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight gave props (8 Jan 2011):

    Wonderful story, Steven. Reminds me of Lewis and Clark's experience with the prickly "pears" that plagued them for hundreds of miles.

  • Judy and Wayne Wanamaker

    Judy and Wayne Wanamaker gave props (9 Jan 2011):

    A wonderful capture of the harsh elements of the desert; from the cacti to the blazing sun. A beautiful capture, Steven.

  • Heather Mellon

    Heather Mellon gave props (13 Jan 2011):

    I really appreciate your narrative with this awesome image.. it really brings it to life!!

  • elfriede fulda

    elfriede fulda (Deleted) gave props (16 Jan 2011):

    Such a beautiful peaceful capture

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