Upper Sycamore Canyon, July 2013

I first visited this lovely section of canyon in 2009 (an interesting hike using both Sycamore and Palisade Canyon – the first time I had ever seen a troop of Coatis) and then again on a short hike in 2010.

I parked at the Ridgeline parking pullout, and walked up the road picking the ‘best’ way down into the canyon. The top of the canyon is lovely but small, rambling thru the trees – it makes me smile, but not linger.

1307 Sycamore Canyon

I remember this spot well – I suppose in a picture it is just another stream in the woods, but this is the first spot in the canyon that really invites you to take a break – a worthy destination.

 

1307 Clouds

Thunder, clouds and – eventually – rain accompany me down canyon – I welcome the rain and even put on my jacket for a few minutes – the storm passes too quickly but beautiful clouds are in the sky for the rest of the day.

 

1307 Small Falls

There is plenty of water today and this small falls hints at the lovely section of rock and pools farther down canyon.

 

1307 Clouds and Burned Ridges

Really just wandering today and somewhere among the rocks and pools it feels like time to circle back – I exit the canyon onto the ridges to the east – it seems that the prickliest plants are growing back slowly here, I imagine in a few years this area will be quite different.

 

1307 Sunset

The ridges are reasonably mellow and just after sunset I am walking along the General Hitchcock Highway back to the car with great views and colors in the sky.

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Lizard Rock – Tucson and Night Sky, July 2013

Late Moonrise, small Moon, light Cloud Cover – I left the house at 10pm and drove up the mountain – no sign of the Prison Fire, all of the other traffic was headed down. The hike to the top of Lizard Rock is too short to work up any good fear of monsters in the dark…

1307 Lizard Rock Night Sky 01

1307 Lizard Rock Night Sky 03

I stayed for several hours – experimenting with the camera and different shots, reading, watching the sky and enjoying the solitude – back to Tucson about 2am.

1307 Along the top ridge of Lizard Rock

2013 July Lizard Rock Night Sky

Lizard Rock – Sunrise, July 2013

An early start – before sunrise I pull off to see if the Prison Fire is still burning – a few faint lonely glowing dots on the hillside.

I am breathing hard as I hike quickly up Lizard Rock – just in time for the sunrise –

1307 First Light from Lizard Rock

and with time linger a bit longer –

1307 Lizard Rock Sunrise

1307 Looking towards Tucson from Lizard Rock

but not too long – back to Tucson – it feels like I stole this time from the day before anyone except Alison and the birds knew that I was gone…