It's where us "desert rats" escape the searing dry heat of the Valley of the Sun summers. All one has to do is watch the traffic headed north out of the Phoenix metro area on any Friday when the weather starts to warm all the way thru the fall.
Since we moved to the Tucson area we haven't had much opportunity to spend much time up there. We did manage a long weekend of turkey hunting last September. The only thing we managed to snag is what was on my camera.
Everyone set for another adventure? Lets go...
The next morning as the sun starts to warm the forest things begin to steam.. so cool! I managed to capture these shots.. but kick myself in the rear for not taking any captures when I first noticed.
Ahhhh cool mountain air, the smell of pines and ... muddy footprints to check out!
Look Ma... no cactus!! Anyone surprised to see pine trees here?
Leftover moisture from last nights rain will soon evaporate, leaving the forest dry again.
This little guy had quite an attitude. Beautiful little range bull... he is destined to make it to
my drawing board this year.
Evening is approaching and the clouds are starting to billow up on the horizon.
I really don't want any rain! lol.
A quiet evening spent with my hubby, the chirping of crickets, cool breeze, the warm fire crackling so...
of course I have to take some pictures! lol.
The next morning we sit in the blind, next to the waterhole that has been created long ago to hold
rainwater run off for livestock and wildlife to use.
How surprised was I to find this little guy sleeping right outside the blind on the waters edge. Not sure when he snuck in there, because we climbed inside the blind before dawn....
What a difference a crop makes.
This is a Western Bluebird.. and what a flashy little guy it was. Beautiful.. and fast.
The stellar jay below was one of two that announced their arrival loudly and constantly... I thought crows were noisy! They obviously have some competition.
I know this is a goofy picture.. but I have no idea why the bluebird needed a bathing attendant. Do you??
Not sure what kind of little bird this is yet, but I love this shot.
Well thats it for our trip to the pines... wonder what could be next on our journey?