Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Autumn in the Huachuca Mountains

This weekend my friend Scott Calhoun, my younger daughter, and I ventured through the gate of Fort Huachuca army base at the foot of southeastern Arizona's Huachuca Mountains, which climb to nearly 9,500 feet and edge into Mexico.

We had a wonderful time climbing through Garden Canyon and taking lots and lots of photographs of the bigtooth maples, Arizona sycamore, Arizona ash, and other trees. Though it was a windy day, we still got lots of great color and a few decent photos, as well.

Here are a dozen, and the full slate of 49 is available (in a new, larger size) over at my gallery.


Arizona sycamore with the Huachucas and a cool cloud in the background as we started our hike.



Early in the hike we came across what appeared to be bear fur stuck to the shady sides of the rock along the dirt road. Turns out these are hibernating colonies of daddy longlegs! Check out the gallery for a few more photos, including a closeup. Of course we had to harrass the spiders a wee bit to see how they nuzzle into, leaving only their legs exposed, waving in the wind like dark brown fur.



Maple leaves among granite boulder.



Scott Calhoun photographs the autumnal scene while my younger daughter looks on.



Fall leaves and the stream at Garden Canyon.



It was a pretty amazing place; we don't get many fall colors like this down in southern Arizona!




As you'll see from the gallery, I took many, many photos of leaves in water.




My younger daughter on a bridge spanning the stream. The trail beyond leads to protected pictographs in a shallow cave (there's a photo of the fairly intricate artwork in the gallery).



Leaves and a tree's reflection on the blue, blue water.



Arizona sycamore (left) and bigtooth maple (right) in the Huachuca Mountains.

Check out the full gallery at http://www.simmonsbuntin.com/images/gallery/2008/huachucas/

3 comments:

JD said...

Those spiders are some of the most fascinating things I have seen in a long time. Simply amazing.

All the photos were beautiful.

leslie said...

The blue sky reflection puts Escher to the test!
I have seen daddy long legs do that before, but never in such numbers. Way cool.

Simmons B. Buntin said...

Thanks guys!