Bull Pen

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While I have come to appreciate our brisk winters and beautiful snowfalls, sometimes it’s just pleasant to get ‘off the mountain’ and get a change of scenery.   I suppose it’s true for anyone… even those who already live in a place other people come to vacation.  One needs to get away and feel the buzz, new inputs, and varied vantage points.

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Ours came this week via dropping off the mountain just north of Camp Verde to Bull Pen Recreational Area.  Arizona is certainly full of hikes and trails, streams and waterways.  We could have gone out to a restaurant for lunch, or shopping for things we don’t need… but instead we opted for a picnic with a view.

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We live on the ridges above Clear Creek making for excellent views of both East Clear Creek and West Clear Creek all along the lengthy traversing creek.  While most places requires quite a hike down hill (and back uphill) to view the creek, Bull Pen is easily accessible by dirt road.  And an excellent spot for a brief getaway picnic.

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Mogollon Rim Sunrise

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We did an outing to Mogollon Rim for sunrise yesterday.  The sunrise is around 6:30am, so we made our way to the rim hoping for some good cloud cover.  I love the layers of color and depth the Rim offer.  I found sunrise difficult though, as it was too dark… then too light.  Next time I need to scope out a specific area and go back knowing already what I want to shoot… then just wait for the perfect light.   And bring my tripod!

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rokleft2_ss  Overlooking East Clear Creek