Every year, I like to take pause to reflect on my year past, both in terms of what we have done, where we have gone, and what we have accomplished – but also in terms of my best shots. Reflecting on what I have done, helps me to see where I came from, to help me consider where I want to go. I will keep these to Top 10 to force me to choose those I most liked. Feel free to weigh in…
So without further ado, in no particular order:
- Runoff outside of Workman’s Creek, AZ
2. Mogollon Rim, through the fog
3. Milk Ranch Road, Sunburst
4. Blue Ridge Reservoir sunrise
5. Hawley Lake sunrise
6. Smoke Burst, Mogollon Rim
7. Blue Ridge Reservoir, Fall
8. West Fork Trail, Sedona
9. Fossil Creek, Fall falls
10. Fossil creek
That’s it. I’m comforted knowing that I left out some additional good shots to pare it down to these 10. Life’s about choices, and these are mine, and I’m sticking to it.
Check out my best wildlife photos of the year here….https://kritterspaw.com/2020/01/09/my-best-wildlife-photos-of-2019/
Hard to believe a week ago we were enjoying the coast of CA… and now we are enjoying snow at home in AZ.
We’re happy to get whatever nature gives us. The snow is good for our forest and our trees. Besides, it was nice to have a white Christmas.
We got about 12″ out of our two storms. Let’s hope there is more to come. : )
A funny thing happened to us on the way home from Vegas… we ran into a herd of big horn sheep!
There must have been 2 – 3 dozen of them, walking down from the hills to graze in the grass.
They were beautiful to watch as they grazed and played.
I spent hours trying to catch their activities. They didn’t seem to mind that I was there, and posed for me… though it was hard to get their attention, as they were keen on the lush grass they came for.
A ewe after my own heart – it’s all about the food! :)
Check out more pix from our trip here… https://kritterspaw.com/2019/12/22/sea-critters/
This last storm met the predictions of the weathermen who projected 2′ of snow.
With it, brought animals looking for food.
It was great fun to see this little baby deer enjoying it’s first snow. It reminded me of Journey when we get snow, as she runs around and loves to ‘snorkel’ in it.
There is something so pristine and beautiful about the new fallen snow… apparently the animals think so too.
I suppose the cold white stuff is a novelty for them, something they don’t see often… so it’s new, fun, and refreshing as they walk through the cool stuff. Like a new toy, it’s invigorating and exciting. Whatever it is… it’s a pleasure to see happiness at any time or place. Bring it on.
We went to Oak Creek to see Fall Colors, but we decided that during our visit and goal to see Fall Colors we should include West Fork Trail.
We have never done West Fork Trail. The crowds and lines to get in have always been just terrible. It seems to be like so many over-touristed places that become overcrowded taking away from the entire experience.
So we got a hotel, went out to a nice dinner, and got up early to hit the trail before anyone got there.
I can tell you now from experience … that is absolutely the way to go. We were the very first one’s there. We arrived at 7am, and took one of maybe 5 parking spaces outside the gates that don’t open until 8am.
We had the trail to ourselves. We had 2 people pass us going up, (after they caught up to us). It was great to not have to bob through people – which is what we did on the way back down.
We felt like salmon swimming upstream as we had to side step the hoards of people once the gate opened… and we were headed back down the trail.
We thought it would be difficult to get out of our parking spot way up front… but cars were more than happy to make way for us to get out as we pulled out into traffic, and passed an impressive line of cars waiting for a parking space to get in.
Proper planning yielded a great day and a beautiful hike.
It’s Fall, so we are on our mission to collect Fall Colors pix. When we think of Fall Colors in AZ one of the first places we think of is Oak Creek in Sedona.
Anytime you can mix fall colors with water it always makes for magical scenery. The reflections, glow, and leaves littering the ground are all tell tale signs of winter coming.
Of course, all I have to do is look at my thermometer to know that winter is coming, as it was 3F this am.
Check out more pix here … https://kritterspaw.com/2019/10/31/sunshine-gorgeous-scenery/
If you’ve been following my blog you’ve noticed I’ve been on a somewhat futile quest to build a collection of photos of obscure lakes around Arizona. It was Blue Ridge Reservoir that started the whole mission.
We did an overnight trip to Blue Ridge and got some cool shots which got me to thinking about those awesome sunset / sunrise reflections in the water.
So we visited a lot of dry water holes… and encountered a bit of smoke from prescribed burns along the way. So why not combine the smoke and the lake photos by a re-visit to Blue Ridge Reservoir.
I love it when a plan comes together!
Thanks to my friend Sue for sharing in this amazing experience. It was a lot of fun!