Tag Archives: Southwest

Lesser Goldfinch Western Range

Recently I was searching for a bird identification. At the time I came across the Lesser Goldfinch. Even though they have a much smaller range than our American Goldfinches there are 2 distinct variations.

Lesser Goldfinch Western Range - Click To Enlarge
Lesser Goldfinch Western Range – Click To Enlarge

Digging into my archives I knew there were some untouched raw files I’ve never processed. They turned out to be the ‘western’ variation. Looking at a map of the ‘eastern’ versions habitat I have a hard time finding where they separate.

Lesser Goldfinch Western Range - Click To Enlarge
Lesser Goldfinch Western Range – Click To Enlarge

Both species only live in the deep southwestern part of the USA. The eastern variation has a much darker head and chest.

 

Railroad To Perkins Mine

The Verde Canyon Railroad is the current version of the old Perkins Copper Mine system. No mine runs now but the rail lines are maintained and several times a week a full train of old Pullman cars makes the round trip.

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Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge

Tourists are now the cargo. Photographers have open sided flat cars from where the canyons and open prairie lands can be seen.

The round trip is about 4 hours and travels through tunnels, along deep canyons, and even old Native American pueblos high up in the rock.

Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine - Click To Enlarge
Canyon Rail Road To Perkins Mine – Click To Enlarge

The destination is the old town of Perkinsville, the mine company town. There is nothing but cattle, Roadrunners, and abandon buildings now. Great photo opp!

Last Old West Telegraph Lines Still Standing - Click To Enlarge
Last Old West Telegraph Lines Still Standing – Click To Enlarge

The old western telegraph lines caught my attention. Lines were added in the mid 1800’s to provide communication between the town and the outside world. They were never removed and still stand, some wires at the ready. Anyone who has ever watched an old western movie has seen these old telegraphs in action. It struck me as a real piece of the old west, not a Hollywood prop. I liked this as much as anything else on the trip.

 

 

 

Sedona Sunsets

There is no such thing as a bad sunset, but some are better than others. These images are the ones I liked best. I could not pick just one.

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Red Rock Sunset – Click To Enlarge
Hill Top Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Hill Top Sunset – Click To Enlarge
Arizona Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Arizona Sunset – Click To Enlarge

And the last, while not as dramatic, might be my favorite. If I had to pick one.

Dirt Road Sunset - Click To Enlarge
Dirt Road Sunset – Click To Enlarge

 

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness

Kendrick Peak, in the Arizona Kendrick Mountain Wilderness, is over 10,000 feet, It is the highest mountain in the San Francisco volcanic fields.

The area that I photographed is wide open prairie lands with spruce and pine forests closer to the mountain base.

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge

The views here are like nothing I have ever seen. Wide open spaces, mountain back drops, no people. They do graze cattle here, but none when I was there.

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Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness - Click To Enlarge
Kendrick Mountain Wilderness – Click To Enlarge

This was an unplanned stop, but it turned out to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.

Flagstaff Arizona is near by so if in the area be sure to go here.

 

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The Road Runner

They don’t look like the famous cartoon character but the minute I saw it run by me I knew who it was.

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Road Runner – Click To Enlarge

No dust clouds but really fast. The only way I could get a clean shot was to focus near the next brush pile.

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Road Runner – Click To Enlarge

As he sprinted between piles of brush I just used the fastest burst my camera had. I still got way too many tail feathers.

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Road Runner – Click To Enlarge

I also photographed another bird running along rock piles. That was a joke. Even the biggest boulders weren’t in focus as he sprinted.

The first I have ever seen and did get some shots so I’m fine with all the misses.

 

Colors And Pottery – Something For Everyone

Outside Sedona, AZ. there is roadside store that eventually will suck you in.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

The 10 foot chicken in the entrance catches your eye first, but here that’s still not enough to hook you. We drove past a few times without stopping, discussed it, but kept moving on.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

The color, bright familiar signs, and strange displays will finally get to you. How do you pass a pile of ceramic skulls under a giant red Coke sign?

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

Mexican style pottery is the main attraction. Once you’re inside you will find plenty of things you can’t possibly live without but don’t need.

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Colors And Pottery – Click To Enlarge

How can you not buy an S & H Green Stamps sign or a relaxing 5 foot Thai deity.