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saguaro cactus trail

Fabulous hike on North State Trust Land this morning with a snake encounter at the end!

That footage is a little shaky 🙂


Shot with Canon Powershot SX1. Today I learned that movie mode doesn’t focus very close.
Next time I’ll zoom in for the close-ups. That might have helped with the overexposures too.
In case you’re interested, I use Sony Vegas Studio 9 Platinum for video editing.

an endless playground

For me, the highlight of our most recent Joshua Tree National Park visit was an adventurous hike through one of the many, many canyons there. It’s no big deal for a bouldering guy like Chris but it was a little challenging for me. Probably a little dangerous too since I was carrying a camera or two but hey…..I wanted proof showing I actually did it! I apologize for the shakiness but it’s tough shooting while climbing one handed 🙂
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canyon hike joshua tree
Hiking aCanyon at Joshua Tree National Park (click link for video)


queen of the crested

I enjoyed an adventurous hike in the Tonto National Forest this morning. We started near the Seven Springs campground and hiked about 6 miles (round trip) to see an impressive giant Crested Saguaro. (see the hikers below?) Definitely the largest crested I’ve seen so far!

giant crested saguaro

The ultimate goal of the city of Scottsdale is to preserve a corridor for animals from the McDowell Mountains all the way to the Tonto National Forest totalling 36,000 acres. So far, we have a little over 16,000. A worthwhile goal!

Anemone tuberosa and other discoveries!

Thanks to Allan Willey for an awesome hike this morning! Not only did I photograph a flower I had never seen (Anemone tuberosa aka Desert Anemone) but our group had the privilege of seeing Petroglyphs that were off the beaten track. (Because these are sensitive archeological sites, I have removed the photos from this post).

Anemone tuberosa aka Desert Anemone
Anemone tuberosa aka Desert Anemone
Hedgehog cactus are starting to bloom
Hedgehog cactus are starting to bloom