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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 01:32 PM
Volcanoes and Flowers


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Location: El Pinacate y Gran Desierto de Altar Biosphere Reserve

Brittlebush and Cerro Colorado.



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Ocotillo and Cinder cone.



Ocotillo and Cinder cone.



Brittlebush and Cinder Cone.



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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 01:34 PM


Gorgeous! My ol' stompin' grounds. Was just north of there last week on I-8, the stretch east of Gila Bend was lit up bigtime, all the trees in bloom too. Thanks for the memories.
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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 01:37 PM


Now for a few flowers.

Twinning milkweed.



Teddy bear (jumping) cholla.



Hedgehog cactus flower.



Ocotillo flowers.



Crusty fella and a prickly friend.


[Edited on 3-25-2016 by Pappy Jon]




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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 02:07 PM


Spectacular - thanks! I went thru there a few weeks ago and the desert was happy (as evidenced by your photos).




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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 02:34 PM


Terrific photos, thanks for taking the time to post here.

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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 02:49 PM


any Primroses this time of the year?






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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 03:24 PM


Quote: Originally posted by 4x4abc  
any Primroses this time of the year?


For the most part El Nino was not very kind to this region. There were patchy annuals, and they were all very puny when I did find them. I didn't see any dune primrose, and only one small sand verbena.




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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 03:37 PM


I did see a few primrose in the hills east of Gila Bend, not many. Behind ABC's primrose are some gorgeous purple verbena. Never seen much fragrant sand verbena (white variety) except up north on the Colorado Plateau.... it's my fave of all desert blooms; opens at dusk and actually 'exhales' its' sweet pollen/fragrance (purple verbena not so much fragrant). I've lain in many a field of it as the sun set, and covered in migrating butterflies. Ahhh, to have one more 100-year-bloom. Thinkin' of heading that-a-way late April-ish and hope to catch a few...... again, great pics.



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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 04:03 PM


BTW Pappy, there's been a lot of back-country travel warnings in that area for the last 5+ years, especially Organ Pipe..... were you with a group, pro or friends, or just going solo? I used to spend days out at Cerro Rojo and Colorado...... camped and boondocked many, many times. How is the commercial traffic there now? Love to go back someday.

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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 04:06 PM


Gorgeous! Thanks



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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 04:43 PM


Spectacular! Great photos and beautiful landscape. THANKS.







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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 05:07 PM


Thank you Jon!



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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 05:11 PM


Hey Jon, do you have more? Please!



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it was grand looking at the photos! those flowers are just spectacular!



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Quote: Originally posted by bajabuddha  
BTW Pappy, there's been a lot of back-country travel warnings in that area for the last 5+ years, especially Organ Pipe..... were you with a group, pro or friends, or just going solo?


I was solo. I did see a few tourist types out there. No buses. I stopped at Organ Pipe and asked about security. They said no problem. I had the campground to myself for two nights. In addition to the tourist loop around Elegante I also camped one night out near McDougal Crater.

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Quote: Originally posted by Udo  
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Hey Jon, do you have more? Please!


I took over 500 images. Many have hit the trash, and there are only a few I like. Here are a few more. Many are a variation on the same theme.

Brittlebush at Cerro Colorado.



Brittlebush at Cinder Cone.



Ocotillo at El Elegante.



Ocotillo and Cinder Cone.



Brittlebush Flowers.



Saguaro Spines.







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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 06:53 PM
Thank you for the photos and trip report!


Quote: Originally posted by Pappy Jon  

I took over 500 images. Many have hit the trash, and there are only a few I like. Here are a few more. Many are a variation on the same theme.

It is difficult to capture the early morning and late afternoon light on a camera yet your photos do so brilliantly.

Nothing like the Sonoran Desert is there?




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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 07:40 PM


Very, very nice.



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[*] posted on 3-25-2016 at 10:37 PM


Outstanding shots of an very special place!!!!

Thanks, PappyJon
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