Wildflowers and Waterfalls

We had to be in Chico and Oroville for the past couple days to take care of some business.  We didn’t have as much time for recreation as we would have liked but we did get out for a nice stroll in North Table Mountain on Monday afternoon.  The place wasn’t in as full of bloom as I would have hoped but I it was still nice and green and a few of the small streams were still flowing.

This little waterfall caught my eye.  As were were there before ideal photography light, I had a difficult time capturing what I wanted to but I snapped a few just to give it a shot (as will all posts here you should be able to click any image to view it larger)….
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I’d say this old fence is about 20 years overdue for some maintenance…

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It was definitely a gorgeous afternoon…

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Spotted this pretty redhead playing by the creek…

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We did catch a FEW wildflowers still in bloom…

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While killing time before Tuesday afternoon’s appointment we took a spin by Lake Oroville.  Saw these fellas hanging out at the Lime Saddle Campground.  Probably a smart place for them to be since I do believe the season is open…

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I can think of way worse places for a drive home than the Feather River Canyon in the spring time.   We pulled over a couple times and snapped a some shots of a couple of the seasonal waterfalls that dump into the river this time of year…

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The new (to us) Grand Cherokee seems like it is going to run for us.  Hoping it takes us to many more great destinations over the next several years…
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Gila Cliff Dwellings – April 5, 2016

My cousin Roseanne and I took a drive from Deming up to the Gila Cliff Dwellings this past Tuesday.  I’m not super happy with the way the photos turned out but it was a fun little day trip.

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day and 3 Questions Cafe and Living Harvest Bakery in Mimbres is a great place to get a hearty one.  It is run by the local Mennonite clan who serve up a small but very tasty breakfast buffet for $6.50.  Of course, with all the baked goods and their wonderful “Jammly” (not jam, not jelly; jammly…lol) for sale, my $6.50 breakfast ran me a touch over 60 bucks…

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The visitor center at the park.  We got there just at opening time of 9AM….

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The first thing that caught my eye upon entering the park is the really cool rock formations…

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The first view of the dwellings on the way up the trail….

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The park service keeps the trail in very good shape for easy access…

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The Mogollon folks were definitely industrious…

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Genuine native American first aid kits inside…

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Another look at all the construction that was done.  It was tough to really capture it, even with my camera lens as wide as it could go…

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A room with a view…

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My cuz and I gettin’ the necessary touristy selfie shot before heading down the mountain…

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First step’s a honey if you continue this direction.  I found it a touch sad they felt the need to post this sign…

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Rockhound State Park – April 4, 2016

Earlier this week I took a trip down to Deming New Mexico to pick up my mom’s ashes and wrap up some final affairs.  As mom was as much of a shutterbug as I am, this post and the one that will follow is in her memory.

On Tuesday afternoon I took a wonderful short hike through Rockhound State Park, just a few miles south of Deming.

The diversity of plant life differs significantly to that I see on my local hikes…

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I thought of a Valentines heart for my gal when I saw this prickly pear (yeah, I’m a hopeless romantic at times)…

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I tried to get all “photographic” with this one!  I wish the sun was higher so the starburst could have been at the top of the yucca blossoms but I sort of like the effect anyway…

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Spring has sprung as this prickly pear’s new growth illustrates…

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The desert can be a gorgeous place when it blooms in spring…

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Does this qualify as a “selfie?”…

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Ok, same scene without some redneck getting in the way…

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