April 28, 2014

ARIZONA : Tumacácori Mission - Tumacácori-Carmen


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Mission San José de Tumacácori, Tumacacori-Carmen, Arizona 


Tumacácori National Historical Park

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Tumacácori National Historical Park is located in the upper Santa Cruz River Valley of southern Arizona. The park protects the ruins of three Spanish mission communities, two of which are National Historic Landmark sites, and it also contains the Tumacácori Museum, a historic landmark building built in 1937 that is also a National Historic Landmark. The park consists of 360 acres (1.5 km2) in three separate units.

The Spanish Colonial architecture Franciscan church at San José de Tumacácori dates to the late 18th century. The earlier Jesuit missions that were established at Tumacácori and Guevavi in 1691 are the two oldest missions in southern Arizona.

The third unit, San Cayetano de Calabazas, was established in 1756. The Guevavi and Calabazas units are not open to the general public and can only be visited on reserved tours led by park staff. The main unit of the park, the Tumacácori Mission, has a visitor center and museum and is open to the public every day except Christmas and Thanksgiving.

A 4.5 miles (7.2 km) segment of the Juan Bautista de Anza National Historic Trail lies along the Santa Cruz River between Tumacácori National Historical Park and Tubac Presidio State Historic Park.

The site was originally proclaimed Tumacácori National Monument on September 15, 1908, and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966. On August 6, 1990, it was redesignated a National Historical Park and the Guevavi and Calabazas units were added to the park.


Mission San José de Tumacácori, Tumacacori-Carmen, Arizona 



Tumacacori National Historical Park
Tumacácori, Arizona



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April 21, 2014

ARIZONA : FLOWERS COME OUT - Saguaro National Park



 Barrel cactus flowers

Barrel cacti are classified into the two genera Echinocactus and Ferocactus, both of which are found in the Southwest Desert of North America. Their pineapple-shaped fruits can be easily removed but are not recommended for consuming because they are fairly dry and bitter to the taste. Native Americans collected the fruit as emergency food during extreme drought conditions. The barrel cactus easily reaches over a meter in height at maturity, and have been known to reach 10 feet in some regions. Its ribs are numerous and pronounced, and the spines are long and can range in color from yellow to tan to red, depending on the age of the plant and the genera. Small yellow flowers appear at the top of the plant only after many years. It is considered easy to grow and relatively fast growing; and may also produce round offshoots.

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Cactus flowers are budding
The Flowers appear early May, mid August and September.



Flowering cholla

The plant has a soft appearance due to its solid mass of very formidable spines that completely cover the stems, leading to its sardonic nickname of "teddy bear".

The teddy-bear cholla is an erect plant, standing 1 to 5 ft (0.30 to 1.52 m) tall with a distinct trunk. The branches are at the top of the trunk and are nearly horizontal. Lower branches typically fall off, and the trunk darkens with age. The silvery-white spines, which are actually a form of leaf, almost completely obscure the stem with a fuzzy-looking, but impenetrable, defense. The spines are 1 in (2.5 cm) long and are covered with a detachable, paper-like sheath.

The yellow-green flowers of this cactus emerge at the tips of the stems in May and June, and the fruits that follow usually have no viable seed. Flowers are usually 1.375 in (3.49 cm) in length. The fruit is 0.75 in (1.9 cm) in diameter, tuberculate, and may or may not have spines. These cacti produce few seeds, as the plant usually reproduces from dropped stems. These stems are often carried for some distance by sticking to the hair of animals. Often small "forests" of these chollas form that are largely clones of one individual.

Like its cousin the jumping cholla, the stems of this cactus detach easily and the ground around a mature plant is often littered with scattered cholla balls and small plants starting where these balls have rooted. When a piece of this cholla sticks to an unsuspecting person, a good method to remove the cactus is with a hair comb. The spines are barbed, and hold on tightly. Desert pack rats such as the Desert Woodrat gather these balls around their burrows, creating a defense against predators.

The teddy-bear cholla is extremely combustible.

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Cactus flowers are budding
The Flowers appear April through June.



Saguaro flowers

The saguaro (/səˈwɑroʊ/; scientific name Carnegiea gigantea) is an arborescent (tree-like) cactus species in the monotypic genus Carnegiea, which can grow to be over 20 meters (~70 ft) tall. It is native to the Sonoran Desert in the U.S. state of Arizona, the Mexican state of Sonora, and the Whipple Mountains and Imperial County areas of California. The saguaro blossom is the State Wildflower of Arizona.

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Cactus flowers are budding
The Flowers appear April through June.




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April 14, 2014

ARIZONA : Lee's Ferry - Colorado River



Rafters at Lees Ferry prepare for trip through the Grand Canyon


Lee's Ferry


Lee's Ferry (also known as Lees Ferry, Lee Ferry, Little Colorado Station and Saints Ferry) is a site on the Colorado River in Coconino County, Arizona in the United States, about 7.5 miles (12.1 km) southwest of Page and 9 miles (14 km) south of the Utah-Arizona border.

Due to its unique geography – the only place in hundreds of miles from which one can easily access the Colorado River – it historically served as an important river crossing and starting in the mid-1800s was the site of a ferry operated by John Doyle Lee, for whom it is named. Boat service at Lee's Ferry continued for over 60 years before being superseded by a bridge in the early 20th century, which allowed for much more efficient automobile travel.

Lee's Ferry has also served as a military outpost for 19th century Mormon Utah, a center of limited gold seeking and since the 1920s the principal point at which river flow is measured to determine water allocations in the 246,000-square-mile (640,000 km2) Colorado River basin. Today it is a well-known fishing and boat launching point, including for whitewater rafting trips through the Grand Canyon.

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The ferry operated from 1872 until 1928.
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Lees Ferry Historic Site  < Right here



Colorado River at near Lee's Ferry



Colorado River looking upstream from Navajo Bridge.





Standing 464 feet (141 m) above the river, the original Navajo  Bridge (rear) superseded ferry operations at Lee's Ferry in 1929.  The second bridge was built in 1995 to accommodate modern traffic load requirements.
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Lee's Ferry is now a meeting of the old and the new.


Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, Arizona


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April 7, 2014

NAVAJO NATION : Monument Valley Silhouette - AZ/UT



ORANGE, RED and TURQUOISE, Sunrise Over Monument Valley, Arizona-Utah



Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park
Navajo Nation (Arizona - Utah)
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