Photographs from Northern Arizona During Government Shutdown

Posted October 19th, 2013 by   |  Photography, Travel, Workshops  |  Permalink
Cathedral Rock

Cathedral Rock and Oak Creek at sunset. Sedona, Arizona.

Last week I ran a photography trip through Northern Arizona for the Nikonians Academy called ANPAT 13. The ANPAT is the Annual Nikonians Photographic Adventure Trip and is designed to be a fun gathering of Nikon shooters sharing in the joy of photography.  This year, we had a total of 25 people come in from all around the world including Europe, Canada, Mexico and the USA.

The photography plan I initially put together was to spend a few days shooting in the Sedona, Arizona region, then the remainder of the trip in the Grand Canyon, Arizona region. Throughout the week-long photo tour I had also scheduled us to photograph numerous regional National Parks, National Monuments and Forest Service areas. About a week before our departure, it looked like the USA federal government was going to shut down, so I began scrambling to find other locations to photograph outside of government parks. This proved to be a ton of work and I was getting nervous because I had 25 photographers who were counting on me for a great photo tour. All of my hard work in setting up permits for the National Parks was soon going to go to waste.


Classic Ford pickup truck at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

After pulling out most of my hair and turning my remaining hair gray, I was able to put together a new itinerary that included private lands, indian lands and a healthy dose of Route 66. We traveled to many places I otherwise would have never considered such as Seligman, Oatman, Chloride, Page, Winslow, Prescott, and Flagstaff.

The good news is that nature and travel photographers are a resilient bunch and everyone was willing to go with the flow. Although we traveled to different areas than we expected, we still created wonderful images. I’m proud of our group for continuously striving to create great photographs, even in the face of a government shutdown.

Here are a bunch of images from last week’s ANPAT 13 to Northern Arizona. All were taken with a Nikon D800 and lenses varying from the 14-24mm, 24-70mm and 70-200mm.


Watson Lake, Prescott, Arizona.


Watson Lake, Prescott, Arizona.

Watson Lake at sunrise. Prescott, Arizona.

Meteor Crater

Meteor Crater and passing storm near Winslow, Arizona.

Shell tanker truck

Shell tanker truck at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

Semi truck

International semi truck at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

1937 Ford

1937 Ford pickup truck at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona


V8 hood ornament at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

Tow truck

Old tow truck at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

Rusty vehicles

Rusty junk yard vehicles at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

Eat dust

Race car at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

Rusty cable

Rusty cable at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona


Twenty Two at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona


Old Harley Davidson motorcycle at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona


Dentist office at the Gold King Mine in Jerome, Arizona

Sedona sunrise

Sedona at sunrise from Airport Mesa

USA flag

USA flag at sunrise, Sedona, Arizona at Airport Mesa

Blue hour

Blue hour in Williams, Arizona.

Route 66

Classic Route 66 scene in Seligman, Arizona.

Police Seligman

Classic Route 66 scene in Seligman, Arizona.


Ronnie and the Seligman actors. Route 66.

Burro in Oatman

Burro in Oatman, Arizona.

Burro desert

Wild burro in the desert, Old Route 66, Arizona.

Old shack

Old shack at the train depot in Chloride, Arizona.

Love birds.

Love birds (Bob and Pat) and Coca Cola at the Route 66 Cafe in Williams, Arizona.

Bell rock sunrise

Bell Rock and meadow at sunrise. Sedona, Arizona.

Bell Rock

Photographer Don Patterson creating an image at Bell Rock. Sedona, Arizona.

Bell Rock landscape

Bell Rock and juniper root. Sedona, Arizona.


























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