THE Traveler: Taryn Eichstadt of Coon Rapids.

The scene: A brilliant blue sky and green foliage frame colorful rock formations outside Sedona, Ariz.

How I got this picture: Eichstadt was on a Jeep sightseeing tour in Sedona when she made this lovely landscape photograph. The sun was shining from behind, casting light on the distant rocks. "I think I got the perfect shot," Eichstadt wrote in an e-mail. "What I loved most about the picture was all the vibrant colors and contrasts."

The Equipment: "I was using my Canon — just a little pocket digal camera. Love it," she wrote.

The Destination: The Pink Jeep Tour that Eichstadt took made for a bumpy ride; the open-sided 4X4 Jeeps, painted pink, are made for off-road adventures in the rocky terrain. "It was so worth it," she wrote. "The view was spectacular."

On Travel: "I had never been to Arizona before, so it was all a very new experience for me," Eichstadt wrote. "I am a 'Europe-oholic' and decided it was high time to see some of my own beautiful country, and Sedona did not disappoint." The city in Arizona's Upper Sonoran Desert is renowned for sandstone formations that can glow with warm reds and oranges. "I really enjoyed the rock formations and the beautiful red color."

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