I liked the idea of hiking past the East End Lovers on this Valentines day so that’s what we did. All in all, we hiked a loop which was just under 9 miles. We went up Toms Thumb; down East End; down to the Windmill on Windmill Trail; continued out Windmill to Coachwhip Trail; continued on Coachwhip to the Pemberton trail (McDowell Regional Park); took the Pemberton to a horse trail leading into the Rock Knob area of the Preserve and then followed a horse trail back over the parking lot.
Combseed flowers are now blanketing the ground almost everywhere. We also saw a Desert Hyacinth, Filaree and Wolfberry blooms. I also got a better shot of the Ragged Rock Flower located in a wash close to the Windmill. Desert Wishbone bush is getting taller and should be blooming any day. All in all….a fabulous day!
East End Lovers
Desert Hyacinth (bluedick)
Ragged Rock Flower
One of the must sees in Sedona is the Chapel of the Holy Cross. This modern structure was built in the 50s.
Here’s an infrared scene from the Chapel Trail across the parking lot.
I’m seeing more and more faces lately which just means I’m hiking more among the boulders 🙂
Ahhh….the quintessential tourist shot 🙂
I finally hiked up to Inspiration Viewpoint in the McDowell Sonoran Preserve. It’s only 3.25 miles but the elevation gain is 1000 feet so it’s a little challenging. Chris and my photographer friend Barry went too. Click for a panoramic view.
When most people think about a desert, they don’t picture the scene you see above. But this is the very special Sonoran Desert which (in our area) is very lush even in winter. I can never get enough of it!
Hiking in the Brown’s Ranch area of the Preserve yesterday afternoon, a photographer friend spots a Tarantula. He suggests I put Chris in the photo too. So I did 🙂
West Fork of Oak Creek Canyon trail. A combination of infrared and color images using my old Minolta Dimage 7.
Red Rock Crossing again shot with my old digital.
Awesome trails in The McDowell Sonoran Preserve….pass it on!