In July of 2015, Sedona was under a bit of cloud from monsoon season—and smoke from nearby forest fires. So, while photographic conditions weren’t ideal, the Phantom and Inspire drones gathered footage from a number of Sedona’s famous attractions. I’ll go back under clear skies later in the year and hope to improve upon these images and videos.
Sedona lies in a valley surrounded by, and dotted with, immense formations of red sandstone, like a city in a park. Famous sites such as Cathedral Rock, Bell Rock, The Chapel of the Holy Cross in its amazing setting, Steamboat Rock and Midgley Bridge are always but a short drive from the visitor.
My earlier visit was covered here in 2012!
Adding the views from above allowed by modern technology enriches our understanding of the place.
My earlier visit to Sedona this year was cut short by clouds and rain. This was my return to complete the drone flying from that earlier weather-shortened attempt.
I began the drone flights as I drove into town, stopping at the scenic Midgley Bridge. A miracle occurred there, which saved me an expensive drone! I was having trouble fitting both the bridge and Steamboat Rock into the frame, so I backed across Oak Creek Canyon—and very nearly crashed into a groye of trees. For a drone owner, it is a chilling video…
Then I proceeded into Sedona, stopping at the Mount Wilson area North of the city center and taking a flight up to Chimney Rock. In subsequent days, I filmed Bell Rock, the Red Hill, Schnebley Hill Road, Boynton Canyon, Cathedral Rock, the Chapel of the Holy Cross and other scenic features.
At the end of my overall trip (which included the Four Corners area), I drove back via Sedona and was rewarded with some gentle, colorful Fall foliage and satisfying aerial views of the Chapel.