Hawley Lake

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Further to my ‘Lake’ collection, we visited a number of blue smears on the map.

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Admittedly they had some verbiage that indicated that there was water there… like Mexican Hay Lake and Lee Valley Reservoir, I was quickly reminded that this is Arizona.

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The ‘Lakes’ that we made our way to for photos were in fact, nothing by dry holes!  So much for that idea!  Maybe Spring after snowfall is a better time to do the Lake trek.

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The good news was we found water in abundance at Hawley Lake outside of Pinetop-Lakeside.   Even better news was that on our loop around looking for actual water in those fictitious lakes was that we did manage to encounter a variety of willing animals to photograph.

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Like this blue heron that seemed like he wanted to say something to me.  Or the chipmunk that posed for me.

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I caught these antelope running through the fields of yellow flowers along the road outside of Greer.

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One thing the trip made clear… winter is coming.  The overnight lows were chilly.  I’m not sure how many more lakes we will be about to get in, as snow will be soon following, along with closed roads.

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Hard to imagine.. but Christmas is just around the corner.  Get your winter woolies out!

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Best of Animals, 2018

A year wouldn’t be complete without my wildlife photos that I strive so hard to capture.  This year has been especially unique with some terrific ‘up-close-and-personal’ shots of a wide variety of wildlife, including bison, antelope, and big horn sheep.  Picking the top shots is the hard part… what an awesome problem to have. : )

antelopelk_IR.jpg1.  Antelope   Greens Peak Loop near Show Low

blue_PS_IR.jpg2.  Blue Heron    Carneros Lake

ramtree_IR_IR.jpg3.  Big Horn Sheep    Greer, AZ

deersmirk_IR.jpg4.  Mule Deer    Grand Canyon South Rim

_40A5780_IR.jpg5.  Mule Deer    Grand Canyon North Rim

bison fight_IR.jpg6.  Bison    Raymond Wilderness Area

Greatapproach_IR.jpg7.  Great White Egrets    Happy Jack, AZ

_40A6663_IR.jpg8.  Baby White Tail Deer Fawn    Happy Jack, AZ

daisibull_IR.jpg9.  Bull Elk    Happy Jack, AZ

pygmy on_IR.jpg10.  Pygmy Owl    Happy Jack, AZ

 

Big Lake, Greer AZ

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There are a number of little lakes around the Show Low / Heber area in northeast AZ.  Originally named, Big Lake is one of the larger lakes, with multiple camp grounds, and boat rentals that make up this Recreational Area.

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There are signs everywhere to be aware of bear… but we didn’t see any, only Journey who enjoyed a dip in the water during the water summer sun.

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We did see some antelope which is always a treat, along with the occasional deer and elk.

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Antelope Watching

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There’s something super cool about going to the market in Flagstaff, and running into so many animals.  Eagles seem to becoming a more common sighting; elk and deer are certainly common.   But it’s more unusual to see pronghorn antelope.  We see them occasionally, but less often on the way to Flagstaff (more often on the way to Winslow).    We saw quite the herd this week.  They were kind enough to pose for me.  Someday, I’ll get up close and personal and get closer pix… until then, I was happy to have the sighting… and get a pic.

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