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Hate It | Week 22 (Project 52)

Hate It | Week 22 (Project 52) | Alaina Ann Photography Hate is a very strong word. And there are very few things I would associate with such a dreadful feeling. As you might imagine, trying to figure out what to photograph for this theme was tricky.

Initially, I thought traffic. Because I do, indeed, hate traffic. Maybe at night, with the lights streaming, to show the potentially beautiful side of traffic.

And then I found my self at an AMAZING national park (the Grand Canyon) on a holiday weekend. And my dislike of large crowds in nature suddenly came flooding back. A tour bus pulling up to my spot of beauty is the quickest way to get me to retreat, aside from say a large wild cat.

Naturally, a different spin was taken in this situation. I'm not one to photograph people, in masses, while enjoying their vacation. Instead, photographing the serene, beautiful, vast landscape still present before my eyes, even if I was shoulder to shoulder with people, became the focus.

You'd never know I was standing with 30 strangers when this was captured :) And I love the photograph.

Goal: Capture something hated. Camera: iPhone 6s

Wide Angle | Week 15 (Project 52)

Wide Angle | Week 15 (Project 52) | Alaina Ann Photography Wide angle lenses were made for places like Horseshoe Bend, in Arizona. Standing on the edge of a cliff, looking out and down at the Colorado River is mesmerizing. Capturing the entire scene in one image would be a challenge without a super wide lens.

I have visited Horseshoe Bend several times, using a Nikon 10-24mm and 16-35mm lens. For photographs from the 10-24mm lens, click here.

Goal: Capture photographs with a wide angle lens. Camera: Nikon D800 Lens: 16-35 mm

Tuzigoot National Monument | Travel (67/556)

Tuzigoot National Monument | Travel (67/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6) Tuzigoot National Monument is a lovely, quick drive from Sedona, Arizona. I spent the afternoon exploring the ruins, before a bit of rain and snow fell across the area. In addition to the ruins, the surrounding landscapes and mountain views are absolutely stunning. Definitely save extra time for exploring in your hiking shoes.

Tuzigoot National Monument | Travel (67/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6)

Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
  1. 110 Room Pueblo - a 1/3 mile trail guides you through the remains of this amazing structure.
  2. Tavasci Marsh Overlook - an easy half mile trail takes you to the scenic overlook.
  3. Tavasci Marsh Trail - a one mile trail is located at the end of Flycatcher Road. This is a shared use trail.
  4. Verde River - for now, enjoy the river view while driving into the park and from the scenic views. Much of the river resides on private land.
  5. Winter Bird Walks - a great opportunity to enjoy the weather during cooler months and a variety of bird sightings.

What are some of your favorite spots in Tuzigoot National Monument?

Tuzigoot National Monument | Travel (67/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6)

Walnut Canyon National Monument | Travel (66/556)

Walnut Canyon National Monument | Travel (66/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6) My first visit to Walnut Canyon National Monument filled me with anticipation for future visits. The wind was howling, a snow storm was chasing my tail from the north and some trails were still closed from the winter months. So many reasons to head back, and soon.

Walnut Canyon National Monument | Travel (66/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6)

Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
  1. Archaeology Month - did you know March is archaeology month at the park? Stop in for a great learning experience.
  2. Canyon Ledge Hike - offered during the summer months, this strenuous hike offers a unique terrain along narrow ledges.
  3. Island Trail - a one mile hike taking you to 25 cliff dwelling rooms, in addition to fantastic canyon views.
  4. Ranger Cabin Walk - also available during summer, this easy stroll takes you to the restored 1904 Ranger Cabin.
  5. Rim Trail - only .70 miles, this trail takes you to canyon overlooks, pithouse, pueblo and skirts the rim of the canyon.

What are some of your favorite places to explore in Walnut Canyon National Monument?

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument | Travel (65/556)

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument | Travel (65/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6) Eminent snow pushed me away from this amazing place a bit sooner than I would have liked. Definitely heading back in the near future for a bit more exploring around the dormant volcano and lava remnants.

Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
  1. Aa Flow Trail - this short quarter mile trail takes you through the lava flow area. A new favorite!
  2. Cinder Hills Overlook - a quick drive to this overlook provides a fantastic view of Sunset Crater Volcano.
  3. Lava Flow Trail - an easy one mile hike at the base of Sunset Crater Volcano.
  4. Lenox Crater Trail - a steep one mile hike to the top of a volcano.
  5. O'Leary Peak Trail - the strenuous seven mile Forest Service trail takes you to the summit of this lava dome volcano.

Tell me all about your favorite places to explore in Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument in the comments below!

Wupatki National Monument | Travel (64/556)

Wupatki National Monument | Travel (64/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6) While fleeing a large snow storm in northern Arizona, I did a bit of National Monument hopping. Wupatki National Monument was stop number one. Due to preservation efforts, some hikes are guided and limited to small groups.

Wupatki National Monument | Travel (64/556) | Alaina Ann Photography (iPhone 6)

Top Five Hikes + Places to Explore
  1. Citadel and Nalakihu Pueblos - a somewhat steep quarter mile trail takes you to both pueblos. The view from the Citadel is stunning!
  2. Crack-in-Rock Hike - this hike is through a lottery system, offered during weekends in April and October. Taking on this 16 mile, strenuous overnight hike is on my bucket list!
  3. Wukoki Pueblo - an easy half mile hike takes you to this pueblo, frequented by wildlife.
  4. Lomaki and Box Canyon Pueblos - an easy half mile hike to a pair of pueblos overlooking small canyons.
  5. Wupatki Pueblo - the largest pueblo in the park with nearly 100 rooms. The half mile trail begins behind the visitor center.

Have you been to Wupatki National Monument? Tell me all about your favorite places to explore in the comments below!

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Travel (63/556)

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Travel (63/556) | Alaina Ann Photography Oh how I love to revisit places. Especially when they are located in Arizona and Utah. February marked my third visit to Glen Canyon National Recreation Area.

As you will see in the photographs below, I focused on sunrise captures, with clouds that went on for miles.

Would love to hear all about your favorite spots in this national park unit, in the comments below!

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Travel (63/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Travel (63/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Travel (63/556) | Alaina Ann Photography

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area | Travel (63/556) | Alaina Ann Photography