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Mar 26 2020
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Fleeting, AZ 
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What's that old saying.. "Ignorance is bliss". Life goes on in nature. It's actually strange when I'm out there. My temporary escape. I appreciate these moments more now. Reality always kicks in on the drive home. Sad times..
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Desert Marigold
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Lots of flowers along the roadway near Usery Pass. Light in the desert but you can find some nice pockets. Mostly lupine, desert marigold, and brittlebush. Patches of owl's clover hear and there.
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Mar 19 2020
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Classic, AZ 
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No Coronavirus out hear. Ha.. I'm such a hermit. I was practicing "social-distancing" long before it was popular.


Eric
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Mixed misc flowers hear and there on the north slope of Usery Pass. Nice but no big deal. That should change after a week or two of warm air.
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Mar 13 2020
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Very Superstitious II, AZ 
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Recent storms have been good to me. :D
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Broadway TH.. Lots of yellow Globe Chamomile (Stinknet) with a few Bluedicks hear and there.
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Mar 05 2020
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Spring Fling II, AZ 
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Spring flower hunting along the lower Salt. It's finally happening. I've been spending time with the smaller more obscure varieties. I'm loving all of the green grass. Enjoy it while it's hear! Lots of rain in the forecast for next week so the trend should keep going.


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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
03/05.. Pockets along the lower Salt River off Bush Highway are producing lots of Globemallow and Fiddleneck with other varieties mixed in. Lupine and Brittlebush are starting to turn on. Poppies are shy.
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Feb 22 2020
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Spring Fling, AZ 
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Early spring photo wandering. The first photo was taken late-day on Saturday after the storm pushed off from the mountain. It's so crazy green out there right now and the clouds were amazing. It looked more like a scene from somewhere in Mexico or South America. It sure doesn't look like the desert outside of AJ! The washes along Mountain View and Broadway were running so hard that I almost couldn't get out there with my car. Flowers should really get going now. The timing of these last two storms was perfect. It could be great in about two weeks east/northeast of Mesa and AJ. I sure hope so.


Eric
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A few "blue dicks" hear and there on the lower SW slopes below the Superstitions. Nothing much else.
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Jan 17 2020
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 Gilbert, AZ
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If you follow my posts, you've probably noticed that I like this side of the mountain. I do, and especially so during the fall/winter months with south sun. I also keep coming hear for a group of annoying mule deer that keep eluding me. Prior to photographing the teddy bear I walked right up on them within barely twenty yards. They all just stood there looking at me in good light and the buck was even with them. I've never seen the buck until that day. Of course my camera was all packed up!! It never fails. I went the following day all ready for them and they were nowhere to be found. Getting a good photo of these deer is going to drive me crazy! Someday..


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Teddy Bear Cholla
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Jan 15 2020
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Wandering, AZ 
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Fall/winter desert wandering. I'm praying for low desert Superstition snow. January has been so mild..


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Sep 10 2019
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Nonsoon Summer II, AZ 
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Still very little local rain this summer but nice moments are out there if you're looking for them. Next week is showing promise on the forecast. Ha.. I'll believe it when I see it.


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Aug 23 2019
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 Gilbert, AZ
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It's been a mostly boring desert monsoon season for me but I still managed to enjoy a few nice moments. I thought we might get lucky on the tail end of August but the likelihood of that appears to be slipping away. Oh well.. C'est la vie.


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Lone Mountain 2809 - E J Peak
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Aug 01 2019
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Black & White Desert, AZ 
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I've always had a love for black and white photography. This is a sampling of photos from the last 3 years.


Eric :D
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Jun 24 2019
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 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Stuff IV, AZ 
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Recent desert wandering. I've been patiently waiting for the chain fruit cholla blooms. They're always late to the party. I find it ironic that the ugliest cactus create the finest flowers. They're just so delicate.


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Chain fruit cholla blooms.
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Apr 30 2019
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More Buckhorn Cholla. Two new photos from a different location out along the Bush Highway near the Salt River. The blooms were prime perfect. I was happy. If cactus flowers are your thing, the Bush Highway above Granite Reef Dam is just about perfect right now. Horses are always a bonus out there but I did not see any where I was.


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Buckhorn cholla
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Wildflowers Observation Substantial
Buckhorn Cholla of all color varieties are in full bloom along the Salt above Granite Reef Dam.
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Apr 25 2019
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Relaxing days-end cactus wandering at one of my favorite spots. I love buckhorn cholla blooms. Especially the red ones. Yellows flowers seems to be more common. I had a group of very social mule deer hang out with me one evening. Ha.. They accidentally walked right towards me. They were startled but never ran off. They just milled around the area near me. Talk about a bonus! Too bad I didn't have my wildlife camera. They were only about 50 yards away at one point. The lens I had would have worked but I didn't want to change my setup. I may need to try and find them again. They're begging to be photographed.


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Variations of cactus flowers in transition.
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Apr 12 2019
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Recent desert wandering. The hedgehog was technically last fall. I've been out of commission all winter. It's nice to be getting out again.


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The Flatiron
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Nov 18 2018
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Apache FallsGlobe, AZ
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My yearly Salt River Canyon pilgrimage. :D
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Tamarisk (Saltcedar) is at about 60-75%. Lots of color along the canyon bottom with clear water. Very nice.
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Nov 02 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Oak Creek Canyon, AZ 
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The area surrounding Sedona is just about perfect right now for color. It was very nice. I was worried that I was a week early. I was told by some people that leaves were down in the upper canyon. There's plenty of time left within 4-5 miles upstream from town. If you like Sedona in the fall, now is the time to go.


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Very nice overall within the mix of trees. Every elevation offers something different. Cottonwoods were even nice south of town to my surprise. Next week should be perfect.
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Oct 27 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Parker Creek - Upper, AZ 
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Small creeks are wonderful right now. Creeks that typically never run this time of year have beautiful natural flow. We've just had so much rain over the summer and fall. I'm hoping it continues clear through winter. Our state needs it. I decided to explore a few segments of upper Parker Creek. A highly overlooked area with so much beauty hiding just beneath the surface and all easily accessible. It was a difficult choice but I settled in on this idyllic little spot. My other choice was too far away to photograph both on the same day. That was fine. I don't like rushing. Now I have an excuse to go back!


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Sycamores are really far along. Other misc. creek vegetation showed some nice color. A nice mix of summer green and fall yellow. Enjoyable overall.
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Oct 21 2018
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Beeline Views, AZ 
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Days end photo hunting along the Beeline. My weekly desert fix. :D
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Oct 12 2018
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Salt River at Regal CanyonGlobe, AZ
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*Road conditions update.

I was last hear in 2009. It's such an amazing place. I've never forgotten that day [ photo ] . I've been really wanting to return. Friday was the long awaited day and my good friend Hank (Grasshopper) willingly joined me. Well, a lot has changed in 9 years. The road was bad back then. Now it's downright dangerous. We were shut down about 1 mile and 600 vertical above/from the river. It's a steep switchback segment with very little base. It's very narrow and eroding badly. One spot is heavily tilted to the down-slope edge with an off camber drop. Rolling your vehicle at this spot would have very high negative consequences. Just beyond that is a huge truck size bolder nearly blocking the route with the road tilting towards the boulder. Miss judge the width and you'll bash your door.

This bad road segment is about 0.3 mile long. Access to the river is now primarily limited to ATV's. I highly recommend parking at a small flat saddle pull-off just above the switchbacks at 33/48/45.92 & 110/36/54.66 (see map). From this spot you can safely park and walk this segment to judge for yourself. Some people have a higher fear/risk threshold. Ha.. My decision was easy. I turned around!! My low mile 2011 Xterra was not being aimed down that hill. I'll add "replacement" Xterra for those that know me.

The other obvious option is to just park and walk the remaining mile. It's an easy short hike. The views are worth the effort. The parking spot noted above and on the attached map is also a very nice flat car camping spot with good views. For all practical purposes, this is sadly the new unofficial trailhead. Just reaching this spot is no picnic but it's at least manageable with a solid short wheelbase 4x4 vehicle. It's challenging enough to be fun with minimal risk of crashing. Enjoy!


Eric
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Oct 12 2018
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Ash Creek Overlook - Tonto NFGlobe, AZ
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This was plan B after being denied access to Salt River at Regal Canyon earlier in the day. It turned out to be an excellent backup plan. Amazing 360 views. You really have to see it in person to fully appreciate. This would be an amazing place to be at sunrise with clear skies. What a campsite! Car camping at its best. I will be back.


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Ash Creek
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