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Dixie Mountain Loop - Sonoran PreservePhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Mar 17 2020
tibber
Hiking4.95 Miles 836 AEG
Hiking4.95 Miles   2 Hrs   15 Mns   2.27 mph
836 ft AEG      4 Mns Break
 
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Happy St Patty's Day to me! It's Wildflower Hunting season and I suspected this Loop would have some of what I was looking for. It did not disappoint but I have to say, shooting it was difficult in many cases between struggling with the light and the larger patches and intermittent patches of flowers. The back-lighting on some of the flowers was just awesome but it didn't shoot that well and in fact, sometimes the really low light shot better as far as color. So I was disappointed in a lot of my photos.

Driving there after work was a breeze of course. The last time I was here I had my first Tonto so I reminisced a bit about that. I can't remember that parking lot being so nice since I was last here January 2014. The trail is in great condition and nicer than I remember as well. There were intermittent people the whole way. I filmed quite a bit which I'm glad I did as the filmed part turned out nicer in some cases.

The pictures will tell more of this story but I can tell you, by the time I was done with two miles my finger was already sore :lol: and I wondered if I'd ever get back to the trail head before dark. I don't recall ever seeing this much wildflowers along a trail and on both sides. Besides the blooming Brittlebushes there was lots of Lupine and soon lots and lots of Owl Clover and then finally, some bigger patches of poppies. But wait, there's more, the teddy cholla forests are simply overwhelming in a few areas and in fact, cover hillsides. So between all that and dancing with the light, the first two miles were exhausting... in a very good way. I felt really lucky; after all, it is St Patty's Day and I'm a lot more Irish than I knew growing up (my mom's side).

Alas, I continued on this beautiful trail soaking it all in with my eyes dashing side to side and sharing it with my adoring youtube public😏, acting giddy at times at my good fortune. I wasn't alone in that regard as a few others had commented about their picture taking too. Finally it was time to head up the hill which wasn't bad at all. In fact the uphill is really a very nice grade. As I rounded the corner and hit the shade I thot the flower shooting wouldn't be as good but it was. The yellows and purples were much more intense. As I looked over to the east at the valley floor it looks like it's covered in Globe Chamomile, though lovely to look at, it's a shame how much it is taking over the landscape. This was also the case on the west side on the other side of the freeway. I got pictures of both sides.

So up the hills and around the mountains I went still enjoying almost every minute as the flora displays never gave me a break. The air was clean and fresh as I finally hit the intersection to take me back down to the Trailhead. I had one more stop to make and that was to check in on the resident owl. This owl looks much more comfortable than the one in the ledge above our office... except when it rains, then my owl wins out.
FYI, my momma owl was not here when I came in this AM but the baby is.

Anyway, there might be a week left of this display as I may have hit peak. I do think that as long as these temps hold, the wildflowers will continue to show off.

Part 1: [ youtube video ] from the TH to the big wash
Part 2: [ youtube video ] still on the west side
Part 3: [ youtube video ] from the NW corner to the east side saddle
Part 4: [ youtube video ] from about the east side saddle to the TH incl owl
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Oh, and once in awhile, don't forget to look back at the trail you've traveled.
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