Deserts and Beyond

Deserts and beyond...places in and around the southern California deserts and beyond. Photo taken at Canyon Lake, in the Superstition Mountains of Arizona, December 2011. A few minutes later, after the sun disappeared, these cliffs were their normal color. They were only golden for a short time and I'm glad we were able to view them in their glory.






Monday, February 21, 2011

Mogollon Rim~aspen in snow~Festival of the Trees 022211








My husband loves to find stands of aspen and one of our favorite ones is on the Mogollon Rim, near Forest Lakes. One summer when we drove by to admire it, we noticed that it was completely fenced. We talked to a park ranger who explained that deer love to eat the bark~it is "deer candy" for them! In order to preserve the stand, it was fenced off. We took the road with that stand of aspen and this past November, we found another stand further down the road. This one wasn't fenced (see the carving on the tree). And, we found it after a snowstorm hit the area. We drove down the road and investigated it. We love aspen in the fall, winter, spring, and summer and wherever we go, we look for aspen. Don't you like their stark beauty? Festival of the Trees for February, 2011.




5 comments:

rebecca said...

Gorgeous! My parents live in the Phoenix area and we sometimes drive up to the Rim when I visit them. It's a beautiful area.

dreamfalcon said...

That white on white is beautiful.
Didn't know about the deer candy.

Arati said...

ethereal! interesting comment about the bark being 'deer candy'!

Forest Keeper said...

Quite nice! I love the composition of that first shot. The way the blue shadows create a horizontal backdrop to the two front trees is eye catching.

Suzi Smith said...

mmm... they look lovely, especially against the snow & blue skies.... won't be long before they are all fluttering leaves.