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Sep 10 2019
ssk44
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44 male
 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Nonsoon Summer II, 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.


Eric
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Aug 23 2019
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Nonsoon Summer I, AZ 
Nonsoon Summer I, 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 
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.


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Jun 24 2019
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44 male
 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Stuff IV, 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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Wildflowers Observation Moderate
Chain fruit cholla blooms.
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Apr 30 2019
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Stuff III, AZ 
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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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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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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Stuff II, AZ 
Desert Stuff II, AZ
 
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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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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Desert Stuff I, AZ 
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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.


Eric
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The Flatiron
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Nov 18 2018
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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Apache FallsGlobe, AZ
Globe, 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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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Oak Creek Canyon, 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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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Parker Creek - Upper, 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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Autumn Foliage Observation Moderate
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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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
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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 Joined Mar 31 2008
 Gilbert, AZ
Salt River at Regal CanyonGlobe, AZ
Globe, 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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 Gilbert, AZ
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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Oct 08 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
The RollsPhoenix, AZ
Phoenix, AZ
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Post storm photo hunting on Monday. Monday really surprised me. Very nice at days end. I love hanging out in the desert. I'm strange that way. I'm looking forward to cottonwoods turning in November/December.


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Sep 15 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
White Mountains Elk II, AZ 
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Part two of my 2018 elk efforts. Saturday evening was nearly a bust until right at the end. The big herd of cows with a mature bull that I had hoped for didn't happen but the consolation prize was amazing. A young 5x5 all by himself sneaked in from behind me through the timber. Luckily I saw him before he saw me. The wind was perfect so he was never able to smell me. He passed me within about 100 yards and slowly entered the meadow. I spent nearly 45 minutes with this bull. The young adolescent bulls are always ostracized to obscurity during the rut. They just keep to themselves and try to stay out of trouble. They won't go near the cows. They know better. The large herd bulls will run them off. This guy will likely be competing for supremacy in two years. Ha.. He might try next year but he'll pay a high price for that mistake. It's a painful lesson.

This is to date my most amazing wildlife photography experience. It was deathly quiet and still. The backdrop was perfection. So special. He was never more than 150 yards away. At the end he was within 25 yards. He was actually too close for photos. I finally called out to him. That was so funny. His reaction was classic. He was suspicious of me a few times but could never fully make me out. I always tried to move when he would turn away. He totally stared me down at least twice but eventually continued to feed. You have to completely freeze when that happens. It seems like an eternity. Whatever position you're in is what you must hold until he turns away. I don't even want to breath. He just about jumped out of his skin when I called out to him. He ran about 50 yards and proceeded to trot back and forth while barking at me. The bark call is an alert to others nearby or for just voicing disapproval. In this case he was just complaining. He watched me pack up and eventually took off around the corner. So cool. Hunting with a camera is far more rewarding than hunting with a gun. I sold my rifle years ago.


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I little more than last weekend but still a looong ways to go.
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Sep 08 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
White Mountains Wildlife, AZ 
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I just got back from an amazing weekend of wildlife photography in the White Mountains. This was just a short one night trip. I've never seen so much wildlife in 24 hours. Antelope, elk, and bighorn sheep. The yearly elk rut has begun. That was the primary mission. I saw far more than I could photograph. Numerous heads of cows and every group with a nice mature bull in tow. The elk are camera shy. That's normal. The sheep are like farm pets. The only trick to viewing the sheep up close is finding them. It's so amazing to be that close to big game animals. Very cool.

This time of year is special. I'm heading back next weekend for three days. I cant wait!


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Common Sunflower
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The tops of aspen along Highway 260 near Route 273 are showing early signs of turning. Light but visible. It's started.
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A sea of yellow across meadows near McNary. Lot's of sunflowers in places. Very pretty.
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Aug 30 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Superstition Finale, AZ 
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Days end desert wandering below Flatiron. I really like this side of the Superstition range. Hot and buggy but the closing finale made it all worthwhile. I actually take this view for granted. It happens every day. It's always beautiful. Even uneventful clear sky days like this are beautiful. I'm so spoiled.. This is our backyard. Welcome to Arizona.


Eric
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The Flatiron
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Aug 24 2018
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Fish Creek VistaPhoenix, AZ
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Two separate trips within the last week. The desert is lush and green right now from all the rain. It's always so beautiful hear. I saw two groups of sheep yesterday but they were camera shy. I tried to trick them but they ended up tricking me. I had fun. I love this place.


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Jul 21 2018
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Willow Springs Canyon - Mogollon RimPayson, AZ
Payson, AZ
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Willow is such a gem. It's been five years since I was last hear. I cant believe it took me so long to come back. It's still beautiful and still unspoiled. I think I just forgot how good it was. I saw only one person on a Saturday afternoon. Amazing. I hope it stays this way. Shhh.. Don't tell anyone.


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May 08 2018
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 Gilbert, AZ
Upper Tonto Creek, AZ 
Upper Tonto Creek, AZ
 
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I've been wanting to explore a new segment of Tonto Creek near Kohls Ranch. This trip has been put off for far too long. I walked directly to this spot. So nice.. I just camped out hear until sunset. It was exactly what I needed.

With closures now in effect across the Rim, this spot is off limits until monsoon season. Bummer.. I was wanting to go back. Oh well. At least it might still be around next year. That's a good thing!


Eric
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