Saturday

Daytrip - Techatticup Mining Camp

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Back in May I came here with my cousin John for the expressed purpose of taking pictures. Over the years this was our second or third visit to this unique site. Once was to take their one hour mine tour. As they are always adding additional buildings, old cars, and hundreds of early 1900's era antiques, the photographing opportunities never disappoint. Click here for pictures and a description of this visit ... Techatticup Mining Camp - Trip Notes for 05/27/2017.

Friday

Daytrip - Fletcher Canyon Trail

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This was the third time I hiked this trail. This time I was accompanied by my friend Blake Smith. It was an absolutely beautiful day in the low 80's with a cool breeze. At an elevation of 5,000 feet, on the drive up Kyle Canyon Road we had a good view of the snow that was still lingering on Mt. Charleston. Because we got an early start, we decided to stop at the Mt. Charleston Lodge and enjoy a delicious breakfast of Eggs Benedict. Click here for pictures and a description ... Fletcher Canyon Trail.

Thursday

My Review of Pictures for 2016



At the end of each hiking year I review all of the year's posts, selecting what I hope are the better pictures worth sharing again. For display I have chosen to group them into 13 subject categories ranging from Desert Landscapes to Desert Wildlife. Each picture provides a link that will take you to the specific daytrip/hiking post showing additional pictures and descriptions of where the picture was taken. Picking the links to all of the 190 photos gives you a virtual tour of more than 40-plus hikes I took in 2016. Even though this page is a little late in coming, I hope you enjoy. Click the following for a link to view the page ... 2016 Year in Review.

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Thursday

Techatticup Mining Camp - Trip Notes for 05/27/2017

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05/27/2017 Trip Notes: I came here with my cousin John for the expressed purpose of taking pictures. Over the years this was our second visit to this unique site. As they are always adding additional buildings, old cars, and hundreds of early 1900's era antiques, the photographing opportunities never disappoint. Trying not to duplicate pictured captured on previous visits, here is a sampling of pictures we captured today. Taken on a previous visit, the picture in (Fig. 01) is of the original general store and visitor center. The pictures in (Figs. 02 & 03) are of a 'restored" gas station and garage. As we toured the property, it seemed that he has added sever more old cars and vehicles (Fig. 04). As you can see from (Figs. 05 & 06), the entire property is surrounded by a Bajada filled with thousands of [Jumping Cholla (Cylindropuntia fulgida)] cacti. Look at the photo in (Fig. 05) and see what I did to it by turning it into a "tiltshift" picture and adding a "blue" sky to the washed out sky. [Eldorado Valley TiltshiftThe owner even erected a reconstructed "arch-way" that stands as an entry into the desert. (Fig. 07). Over behind the general store there is a "reconstructed" mine entrance that leads to nowhere (Fig. 08). Here is an old, 1878 Straube vintage piano built in Chicago, that has seen a better day (Figs. 10 &11). (con't below)
                         
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Visit Notes Continued: On the way home, we spotted a Turkey Vulture (Cathartes aura) sitting on a cliff on the side of the road. We got out and walked back to get some pictures. Finally he flew off the cliff and began to circle the area. It took us a while but eventually we finally figured out what he was after. There was a dead rattle snake in the middle of the road that had been run over by a car. See the collage below (Fig. 12).
                                       
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