From the Grand Canyon, M & M drove to Flagstaff, and then another 3 hours, down through an improbably lush forest valley, and back up into the famous red rocks of Sedona. Sedona, small, charming and touristy, is famous for its rusty hills, and there, Marty took his favorite photograph of the trip.
"Church" (Sedona 2000). Just on the outskirts of town, an ultra modern, Catholic church has been built into the red rocks, snugly fit into the hillside, glass windows facing a vista of similarly vivid sandstone. In the parking lot below the church, Marty was the beneficiary of the right place and time; taking a suspicious peek over his shoulder and there was the shot perfectly composed.
The desert sky is a capricious lover of the colour blue, and cycles through various shades throughout the day. In "Castles" (Sedona 2000) the red rocks look like clean-lined fortresses, and above them is a clear, serenely meridian-blue sky.

Even an overcast desert sky is still a wonder, as seen in "White Bands" (Sedona 2000). The rock bands on these fortresses are pale, and paler still for the bright midday light. The dark clouds filling and darkening the sky is what keeps that light from being flat, as they turn meridian-blue into smoky blue, emphasizing the red dirt and green scrub below.