Schnebly Hill Vista

We love to explore the back roads and take in the fabulous views we find along the way. We have traveled the Schnebly Hill Road on numerous occasions over the years.

Schnebly Hill road

The 12-mile road cuts between Flagstaff and Sedona. If one didn’t know better, they might think it a short cut. In reality, all the wind and lack of rain has continuously deteriorated the road.

Sunrise at Schnebly Hill Vista

You may know the road – it’s that really rough road the Pink Jeep Tours drives through out of Sedona. The bumpy road from Sedona to Schnebly Vista traverses over rugged rock shelf terrain. It takes around an hour to go just 6 miles, dependent on how much one wants to beat up your lifted truck or Jeep. It is not suited for passenger cars.

Little mouse collecting food

We even caught this industrious little mouse foraging through a cactus. It’s wonderful the things you see if you get out there. You can see more of my mouse pix here …

Sedona city lights from Schnebly Hill Vista

We were delighted to have some clouds for some beautiful sunsets and sunrise.

Wacom Intuos Pro Tablet

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Have you seen the new Wacom tablet?

These things were all the rage with the photographers at the Photoshop World in Vegas.  I was completely oblivious to this technology and product until I was introduced to them at this conference.  Every photographer there seemed to have one.  Perhaps it was because they were given to them for free by Wacom (for product testing of course… I’m just guessing), or perhaps because they were just plain cool.

Think of this thing as a mouse.  But instead of a mouse, it’s a pen.  So if you’re doing Photoshop, this tool is super cool.  Using the tablet (mouse pad), you apply your pen to the tablet and you can use your Photoshop tools to apply your adjustments with a fine point.  Forget the days of chasing your mouse curser around the screen.  By merely applying more pressure you get more affect, or less pressure.. less affect.  You can get those fine hairs or into those small corners to apply your adjustments (brightness, clarity, exposure, etc.), instead of waving your mouse around.  The back of the pen is an eraser.  Cool, right?!  It also has programmable buttons for quick access.

They even have devices you can draw directly on the photo itself.  These are more like laptop devices.. and much  more expensive.  For me, I’m not about to give up my 27″ desktop screen.  But, I am happy to try one of these beauties.  It’s going on my Christmas list!