The symbolism of the inflation process at Northern Light Balloon Expeditions was impossible to ignore. As the crew fills it up, it’s right in step with the rising spirits of those it will soon carry over the beautiful Sedona landscape – ignoring the bound
Sedona Now Network producers Jude Belanger (left) and Glenn Scarpelli have an early morning call at Exposures Gallery to shoot a spot with owner Diane Herman. The pair are coming up on their second anniversary creating programming for the local network (seen on channel 18), and do all the production and editing work over the course of a month.
Ranger Charlie Steger begins his eight-hour shift as a full-time volunteer at the Palatki ruins. He’s been handling tours here for 6 1/2 years, and been a member of the Arizona Archaeological Society since 1980. He knows the site inside and out, having done stabilizing work on the ruins 10 years ago. He’s there five days a week, and figures he leads tours for anywhere from 50 to 300 visitors each day.
Annemarie Hunter puts the finishing touches on her morning setup outside Hummingbird House at the Historic Hart Store. Her routine begins a half-hour earlier, finding the right balance of colors and merchandise.
Lunch break at Tlaquepaque.
The end of the school day at West Sedona Elementary School displays a mixture of energy and relief.
What better time to think about stress-relief techniques than the homestretch of a traditional workday? Yeon Park, manager of Dahn Holistic Fitness Center, has been practicing Dahnhak healing for 10 years. She leads classes in Energy Healing & Meditative Breathing for all ages that combine yoga and tai chi.
Sedona will never be called a town that doesn’t sleep, but it keeps one eye open before midnight, as PJ’s Village Pub bartender Larry Eastridge can attest.
It starts at sunrise. From the folks who make deliveries, to those getting ready for the day’s first customers, to those who just lean back and take it all in before revving their engines, a Sedona morning has a distinct feel and tone, of beauty and anticipation. It certainly seems to feed the sense of purpose that carries through the day for those we photographed pursuing their passions here. We didn’t witness much patience for drudgery – the surroundings seem to work against it. What we saw through our lens is a sense of creativity, vitality and spirit, which lasts until the lock is turned behind the last customer stepping into the moonlight. What follows is a series of images that represent the activity of a random Sedona day. We hope you’ll see yourself in it, even if you’re not literally in the frame.
Text by Steven Korn. Photographs by Deb Weinkauff.
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