Gratitude Post 2: I am Grateful for Sedona Dark Skies

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Real Estate Agent with Coldwell Banker Realty NRDS # 146013739

The Sedona Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse

The featured image is from a previous Blood Moon.  It was shot using a full-frame Cannon 5D Mark III.  This is the same camera Rick uses to shoot my listing photos.  The quality of this photo is outstanding.

The image below was taken at 4:15 in the morning of November 8th, 2022, with an iPhone 11 Pro Max.  The phone was hand-held.  I was amazed at the quality of an iPhone image.  It is very clear.

Blood Moon with Orion and Pleiades

November 8th, 2022 -  Blood Moon in Sedona

Rick showed me this image yesterday and pointed out Orion and Pleiades. It immediately reminded me of our dark sky and was a big reason why we moved to Sedona.   Before we had a cell phone with a built-in flashlight, we would sometimes walk to our car in a neighborhood and could not see 3 feet in front of us! 

Here is a diagram of Orion.

Orion

 

Sedona is an International Dark Sky Community

2014 - Sedona was Designated the "8th Dark Sky" Community

One of the main reasons Rick got Red Rocks Fever was the night sky. You could see the Milky Way at night, along with shooting stars. Sedona reminded him of being a kid again when there was little light pollution and you could see stars. Once there was the suburban sprawl, light pollution entered the picture.

International Dark Sky Community SedonaSedona has taken great strides to suppress light pollution and preserve the dark sky. An actual city ordinance covers what residents and the business community can do with lighting. In 2014, Sedona was designated as the eighth International Dark Sky community.

 

The image above was shot from my backyard during a full moon.  The moonlight shows the cool light reflection off the moon's surface.  Even during a full moon, you can see the stars.


Full moonlight Sedona image of

Why Am I Grateful For Dark Skies?

Back in 2000, I brought Rick to the Enchantment Resort for his birthday.  We had a casita with a large balcony.  That first night we walked outside, and our jaws dropped. We couldn't believe how bright the stars and Milky Way were.  It was right then and there that Rick said to me, find a REALTOR! 

Now I am pretty sure we still would have come to the same conclusion had we had a cloudy night. I know that finding a property in Sedona started with seeing those thousands upon thousands of stars in the starry night sky at the Enchantment Resort on a pre-spring night in 2000.

Cold Moon

This is my second entry into the November 2022 Gratitude Challenge. 

Hosted by Debe Maxwell, CRS 

 

Comments (41)

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Lawrence "Larry" & Sheila Agranoff. Cell: 631-805-4400 - Like you,  I get to see a lot of homes in the same area I live.  I always compare my home to others.  Many have fabulous amenities but there is usually something I can point to that keeps me in my home and makes me feel blessed.

Nov 10, 2022 09:26 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Roy,

It is a blessing to enjoy the dark sky.  It is almost like camping out in the middle of nowhere, yet I am 5 minutes to the center of town!

Nov 10, 2022 09:29 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Sheri & Rick, I should have looked when I was there last year, but don't remember.   That would be very cool.   Your photos, as usual, are stunning.

Nov 10, 2022 09:30 AM
Hannah Williams
HomeStarr Realty - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-820-3376

Sheri Sperry - MCNE®  I just love this post being a big city girl I do not get to see as much of the shy as you but the red moon up in the sky was amazing.  I can understand why you love the Sedona skies 

Nov 10, 2022 10:52 AM
Leanne Smith
Dirt Road Real Estate - Golden Valley, AZ
Relocation to NW AZ with elbow room & more freedom

We too appreciate the dark skies here in NW AZ Mohave County. The stars are many and shine brightly while a full moon casts light on the ground making it look like a dusting of snow. Another good gratitude entry.

Nov 10, 2022 04:43 PM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Hi Sheri:

As always the photo you shared are amazing! How cool to be able to enjoy the dark skies which is not something we can truly appreciate here in Coastal San Diego.

Jeff

Nov 10, 2022 07:40 PM
Kathy Streib
Cypress, TX
Home Stager/Redesign

Nov 12, 2022 07:07 PM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®

Thank you so much for the feature, Kathy.  I do appreciate getting this post to a bigger audience.

Nov 13, 2022 09:43 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Sheri. Having lived in big cities most of my life never really experienced "dark skies"! Always wondered why I was so amazed at the night skies while on a cruise. Now I know. Thanks! Enjoy your day,

Nov 13, 2022 04:14 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Hi Sheri - you live in an enchanted area and it is wonderful that Ricks talents highlight this.

Nov 13, 2022 06:06 AM
Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543
Long & Foster Real Estate Inc 610-225-7400 - Devon, PA
Selling the Main Line & Chester County

How fabulous that is. I remember when we went to Tuscany lying on the grass watching meteors and shooting stars because there was no light pollution. You could see everything so clearly. It is so exciting when that is the case.

Nov 13, 2022 09:16 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Joan Cox - The other factor depends on where you stay.  Localized light conditions could cause keep your eyes from adjusting quickly enough to notice the stars in the sky.  Also, a full moon does create its own "light pollution."  The good thing about that is the red rocks become very visible during a full moon. 

Nov 13, 2022 09:35 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Hannah Williams,

I have been to large planetariums and the dome looks fake.  The first time I saw the dark skies in Sedona, it looked fake.  That gives you an idea of what it is like. 

Nov 13, 2022 09:38 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Leanne Smith,

Looking up at the stars helps to keep my grounded knowing we are just a small part of this vast universe.

Nov 13, 2022 09:40 AM
Leanne Smith

Grounding is important to reaffirm we indeed are just a small part of this vast universe.

Nov 13, 2022 09:44 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Jeff,

Decades ago, we didn't have to go far into the desert to see the stars.  With the Palm Springs sprawl even that area is not quite the same.

Nov 13, 2022 09:42 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Wayne Martin - You do get a better snapshot of the sky while on a cruise.  But even there, the light is diluted because of how well lit the cruise ship is.  Your eyes can't adjust fully. 

Nov 13, 2022 09:46 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Thank you Grant Schneider -  I will pass that on to Rick.  He still want to photograph the Milky Way.  But it will probably wait until late spring!

Nov 13, 2022 09:48 AM
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Realty - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

Hi Nick Vandekar, 610-203-4543 - What a great example. That must stick in your memory.

Nov 13, 2022 09:49 AM
Anna Banana Kruchten Phoenix Broker
HomeSmart Real Estate - Phoenix, AZ
602-380-4886

Sheri I've always appreciated the dark skies in Sedona!  There is something magical to look up and see - really see the sky and all it has to offer at night. And especially at Enchantment - one of our favorite places to stay and enjoy!

Nov 13, 2022 10:33 AM
Ed Silva
Mapleridge Realty, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

We have seen the beauty of a Sedona sky when we visited there a few years ago. It is truly different

Nov 14, 2022 08:59 AM
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.iCharlotteHomes.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
The right Charlotte REALTOR!

OH WOW! I can only imagine what you and Rick first saw, Sheri! I know you're more than thrilled at making that decision to live in Sedona. I truly cannot imagine a better ambassador to Sedona than you. You teach us so much about your gorgeous area and your photos are simply breathtaking. 

On a side-note, when we were in our family home in Pawley's Island this past summer, the sky was incredibly dark. I IMMEDIATELY thought of you! I stepped off of the porch and out onto the crow's nest over the sand and looked up to see a million stars in the sky. Again, I thought Sheri Sperry! I snapped 100 photos but, could never capture all of those stars. I didn't want the night to end so, I can appreciate your passion for living where you do. 

Thanks for another wonderful post of gratuity for this month's challenge. I've enjoyed reading more about you, Sheri!

Nov 26, 2022 06:43 PM