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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Dec 31 2010
AZLumberjack
Hiking3.00 Miles 588 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles   2 Hrs      1.50 mph
588 ft AEG
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Yesterday was one of those days when you hope that all the conditions are going to be right for getting that perfect photo. With that in mind, I began my day by heading out to Hieroglyphic Canyon to take some shots of running water and bright sunlit clifs framed against the dark clouds.

The trail was wet but not muddy so walking was pretty good but there was no respite from the wind. I was dressed well enough for the day and weather, but the persistant wind just kept trying to blow my hat off. There was almost no foot traffic on the way out and it was a pleasure to see how clear the sky was after all the haze from the days before.

When I got to the first pool, I was surprised to find that the pools were full, but only a trickle of water ran off the final drop. The clouds were pretty thick and unbroken so photo opps were hard to find, until a small bird flitted around my feet in search of something to eat. It kept searching and it was impossible to get it to stop long enough to pose until finally it found a worm burried in a puddle, so I did get a couple of shots to post.

On the way back, the foot traffic was picking up and I ran into several hikers heading out in hope of finding flowing water. Too bad. I got back to my car and was driving back to Apache Junction when I saw some spactular snow squals over the Goldfield Mountains. Quickly, I pulled into Silly Mountain parking lot, grabbed my camera and lit out for a high spot to shoot the squals as they hopefully came across the Superstitions.

Fighting the wind again, I hiked up to a vantage point and waited, camera at the ready. But the clouds wouldn't part allowing the sun to highlight the snow against the darkened wall of the mountain. I managed a couple of shots, but not what I was hoping for. I stuck around for a half hour, then hiked back to my car and the warmth of the heater.

I still wanted to get some shots of the snow squals and thought the Four Peaks might offer something special, so I headed out on 88 towards Tortilla Flats. As I rounded a bend (kinda like there's only one on this road), I saw Four Peaks all sunlit and spectacular but the pull-off was pretty full. I worked my way into a parking spot, grabbed my camera (again) and jumped bolders to get to the best vantage point where people wouldn't cross in front of my lens.

It was a beautiful experience to see Four Peaks all lit up and I don't think my photo's do fair justice to the real-life presentation. I stayed there on my rock outcropping until I thought most of the best shots were recorded and then headed back towards Apache Junction again.

There was still the possibility of good shooting so I pulled off at the Weaver's Needle Vista parking lot. The Needle was dark in the distance and clouds/snow obstructed the views, so I hiked down the trails in search of a better photo op. I climbed up and down some hills intil I found a spot with a good view, but again the weather was uncooperative and wouldn't present the shots I hopped for, so hike back to the car and keep looking.

Just one more pull-off and some hiking up the hills and I got some more good views of the Needle with a little more light. A few more shots and waiting, then back to the car and head for home to see the results of the day's photo work. I selected a few for posting, but I must not have been in the right place at the right time (my luck runs that way often).

I hope everyone at HAZ has a very Happy New Year and may all your adventures be better than the last.
Jack
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On every trip into the Superstitions, I find another Gold Mine. Today the mine was filled with Memories. I can not wait for the next trip.
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