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Hieroglyphics Trail #101Phoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
Hiking avatar Nov 25 2020
adilling
Hiking3.00 Miles 650 AEG
Hiking3.00 Miles
650 ft AEG
 
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The conditions this Thanksgiving Eve presented an opportunity to get some star trail shots in the Superstitions. I opted going back into Hieroglyphics Canyon to take some pictures of the petroglyphs. Clear and cool, the weather was nice.

No other vehicles in the lot when I arrived at 645pm. The hike up is the same as always. The trail was littered with an inordinate amount of doogie poo bags. I also collected 6-7 water bottles and other assorted bits of rubbish on the way out too. Sad state of humanity these days sometimes. I wonder who these people think will pick up after them? Litterers should be strapped to cactus, smeared with bacon grease and left for the mountain lions to mete out proper punishment.

The pool at the base of "the wall" was bone dry. There were a few stagnant puddle above it. But, the crispy-crunchy grasses and flora point to our extremely dry conditions. I hope we get some rains soon.

I did not see any critters, but I heard a few owls and got a little serenade from some coyotes. The wind moving down the canyon was a nice experience as well. You can hear it coming down.

To take my photos, I take 100-150 shots of the same image, edit them en masse and them run them through a program to get the star trail effect. The enemies of astrophotography are clouds and airplanes. No clouds last night, but the number of jets and airplanes flying over the mountain last night was crazy.

A nice 4 hours spent in the moonlight in a beautiful canyon. I am sure, as I write up this triplog that there are many, many people there right now enjoying the place. I think I prefer the solitude and the moonlight.
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