Just Out for a Walk
One thing you can’t say about this area is that it’s barren.
I took these shots in the same area, over two different walks I took. I would say that these are just some snaps I took with the Pentax K slung over my shoulder, but the majesty of writing for and publishing on a blog compels me to relabel the effort as a “photo essay”. Yeah, that’s right, photo essay, sure!
Love these things. Don’t know why. I feel compelled to name them, because each one is different. Like, this one would be “Fred”. Perhaps I should recheck my medications.
Just a hillside. Nothing spectacular, but you get the feel of the place.
And looking to the other side is a bit different. A side trail goes up into it.
How strange! I like these.
No way the Defiant’s going back in here! That’s too bad, because there’s a great camping spot a bit further on.
A Jeep trail up from an equine camping area up to near the top of a ridge poses a challenge.
These are all over the place here!
The way the sun glints off the needles is remarkable to me.
Pretty well-defended, I’d say. This shot’s a little off, since I relied on autofocus with maximum aperture, a sure recipe for not getting just what you want. The closest needles are supposed to be sharply in focus, not the ones an inch further back. It’s what being lazy gets you!
Looking back toward camp, the Defiant is the furthest to the left. It looks tiny compared to the motorhomes and fifth-wheels around it.
Here’s one drop into a wash that was tricky to even walk!
The Wickenburg area is tops, in my book.
A lot of mining once took place in the area, and that’s the only way I can explain acres of ground like this.
This is actually right next to the trailer. Lots of sharp edges. You can be sure I don’t go pounding down trails in the truck here, seeing as how the tires are 7 years old and look it.
This has seen better days. It refuses to snap off in the wind, though.
This newer version on the opposite side of the trail looks a little more sprightly.
In the Southwest, I’ve seen big honking unidentified spiders, a tarantula ambling along, and now this gila monster. He was just over a foot long and stayed put until I was out of sight.