State land hike

In the late '80's or early '90's I stumbled upon a pair of rock carvings in some granite boulders on state land east of my home. I have some slide photos of the carvings, but no location. After some noodling about in Google Earth, I went in search of them today. No luck, but I had fun trying. This area is rife with official and unofficial trails. The land is part of the study area for the McDowell Sonoran Preserve, though is unlikely to be added to the preserve. More is the pity for me living so nearby, yet I recognize the realities of the situation. City funds have been applied elsewhere, and for the better, because the land along Pima Road is some of the most expensive state land around. For this and other reasons I accept that this area will not likely be preserved.

Seems a good plan to wander the area over the next few years as time permits, it being so nearby. An Arizona state land recreational permit is required, and I happily keep mine up to date. And who knows? I may find those carvings again some day.

Posted by stevejones stevejones, January 30, 2017 02:22

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Saguaro Carnegiea gigantea

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 11:38 AM MST

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The long and the short of it. Many bird homes in the one on the left.

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Triangle-leaf Bursage Ambrosia deltoidea

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January 29, 2017 11:43 AM MST

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Graythorn Ziziphus obtusifolia var. canescens

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January 29, 2017 11:36 AM MST

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Shrubby Deervetch Acmispon rigidus

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January 29, 2017 11:42 AM MST

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California Barrel Cactus Ferocactus cylindraceus

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January 29, 2017 11:43 AM MST

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Remarkably long spines

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Banana Yucca Yucca baccata

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January 29, 2017 11:44 AM MST

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White Ratany Krameria bicolor

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January 29, 2017 11:46 AM MST

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Blue Palo Verde Parkinsonia florida

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January 29, 2017 11:47 AM MST

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Anderson Thornbush Lycium andersonii

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January 29, 2017 11:48 AM MST

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A number of plants along the wash, some large. Identifiable by the fine, dense structure, small fleshy leaves and very light bark.

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Big Bur-Sage Ambrosia ambrosioides

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January 29, 2017 11:49 AM MST

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Granjeño Celtis pallida

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January 29, 2017 11:49 AM MST

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Arizona Desert-Thorn Lycium exsertum

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January 29, 2017 11:50 AM MST

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Identifiable by large fleshy leaves with glandular hairs and dark gray bark.

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Soaptree Yucca Yucca elata

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January 29, 2017 11:50 AM MST

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Creosote Bush Larrea tridentata

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January 29, 2017 11:51 AM MST

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Variegated Meadowhawk Sympetrum corruptum

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January 29, 2017 11:55 AM MST

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January 29, 2017 11:57 AM MST

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Little-leaved Palo Verde Parkinsonia microphylla

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January 29, 2017 11:59 AM MST

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Velvet Mesquite Prosopis velutina

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January 29, 2017 12:00 PM MST

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Wright's Beebrush Aloysia wrightii

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January 29, 2017 12:00 PM MST

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Confirmed by aroma - sorry I can't post the aroma here.

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Catclaw Acacia Senegalia greggii

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January 29, 2017 12:08 PM MST

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Mule Deer Odocoileus hemionus

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January 29, 2017 12:13 PM MST

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Desert Lavender Condea emoryi

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January 29, 2017 12:16 PM MST

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Slender Janusia Cottsia gracilis

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January 29, 2017 12:17 PM MST

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Smallseed Sandmat Euphorbia polycarpa

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January 29, 2017 12:36 PM MST

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Common prostrate plants in granite grus of a desert wash.

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Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens

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January 29, 2017 12:48 PM MST

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Triangle-leaf Bursage Ambrosia deltoidea

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 12:50 PM MST

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Banana Yucca Yucca baccata

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 12:53 PM MST

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Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 01:16 PM MST

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One of very few of the hundreds I saw today with developing leaves.

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California Barrel Cactus Ferocactus cylindraceus

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 12:52 PM MST

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Phainopepla Phainopepla nitens

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January 29, 2017 01:03 PM MST

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January 29, 2017 01:17 PM MST

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Hoary Bowlesia Bowlesia incana

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January 29, 2017 01:18 PM MST

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Shade-grown seedlings.

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Complex Thalloid Liverworts Class Marchantiopsida

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January 29, 2017 01:18 PM MST

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Buckhorn Cholla Cylindropuntia acanthocarpa

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January 29, 2017 01:22 PM MST

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Fungi Including Lichens Kingdom Fungi

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January 29, 2017 01:25 PM MST

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Spiny Cliff-Brake Pellaea truncata

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January 29, 2017 01:39 PM MST

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Tuber Anemone Anemone tuberosa

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 01:39 PM MST

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Good-sized population

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Arizona Pholistoma Pholistoma auritum var. arizonicum

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 01:39 PM MST

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Saguaro Carnegiea gigantea

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 01:50 PM MST

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Pregnant? No idea why the swelling here.

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Chain-fruit Cholla Cylindropuntia fulgida

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 01:51 PM MST

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Thrasher nest on the ground in foreground.

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Saguaro Carnegiea gigantea

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 01:58 PM MST

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Saguaro on left, barrel on right. Compare straight spines on the saguaro to the curved spines on the barrel. Except that every now and then a rogue saguaro produces twisted spines (see second photo).

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Ocotillo Fouquieria splendens

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stevejones

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January 29, 2017 02:01 PM MST

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One of very few of the hundreds I saw today with developing leaves.

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