Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Saguaro National Park Adventure



This cactus, was estimated to be more than 200 years old.  It is some 7feet 10 inches around and 46 tall.   It was burned in the Cave Creek fire.  It was the one of largest Saguaro .
The organ pipe fruit ripens just before the rainy season starts in the summer.  Then splits  open to showing it's bright red fruits.
 The Ocotillo is not a true cactus.  Most of the year it looks dead.  on the first rain fall the plant be comes lush with small ovate leaves.  The flower a bright crimson
flower apears,   especially after rainfall in spring, summer, and occasionally fall.
 

Friday, February 03, 2017

Organ Pipe Adventure 2017

The Organ Pipe Catcus is a National Montumen is located in Arizona and on the border of Mexican state of Sonora.
                                                  
 
The park is the only place in the U.S. where the Organ Pipe Cactus grows.   Many other type of cacti and wild flowers  of the desert grow there.
There are some 517 aquare miles in the park.  The Land for the Monument was donated by the Arizona state legislature to the Federal Goverment during the Prohibition.  In 1937 the land was opened as a national monument.

North entrance is a few miles south of Why, AZ.
In the South it would be Lukeville.  Where the crossing point to Mexcio is.

Many archaeological sites can be found within Organ Pipe Cactus.  In 1937 it was offically opened as a national monument.
 Wrong time of season for wild flowers.
Hope you enjoy this posting.  Kitfoxgal
 
 
 
 






















In what is now Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument, archaeological evidence places human beings in this area approximately 1,600 years ago. These people left behind projectile points, seashells, pottery, rock art and the paths they followed on foot are still carved onto the desert floor. Over the millennia, people moved through here while following impressed trade routes, hunting and gathering, and settling for short periods of time. Once agriculture was introduced in the southwest, people began to establish more permanent settlements and eventually larger villages.
Many archaeological sites can be found within Organ Pipe Cactus. The Hohokam people's culture existed in this area from the first years Common Era (C.E.). through C.E. 1450. Considered the greatest of the ancient southwest cultures, the Hohokam achieved remarkable successes during their time, and are today most noted for the creation of extensive irrigation canals fed by the Salt and Gila rivers. Several miles of irrigation canals can still be seen on the desert floor at Organ Pipe Cactus. These waterways supported fields of corn, beans, squash, tobacco, and cotton
 

hohokam shell jewelry
Hohokam Sea Shell Jewelry
NPS Photo
Barely 90 years after the Hohokam culture dispersed across the landscape, the first Europeans ventured into the Sonoran Desert, and named the area "New Spain." These Spaniards were looking for wealth that they could acquire from others. These conquerors used the unique landmarks shown to them by local American Indian guides, as well as the sun, moon, and stars to accurately map and document their discoveries.
Nearly 150 years after the first Spaniards confirmed the lack of large and wealthy civilizations,missionaries combed the area to collect the many valued souls of the people who lived here. With the spread of Christianity, local American Indian cultures changed to use the European methods of farming and ranching taught by the missionaries. Not long after the area was purchased from Mexico by the United States in 1853, both ranching and mining dominated as the major industries for American Indians, Mexicans, and European settlers- lifestyles which lasted into the 20th Century,and overlapped with the creation of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument in 1937.
 

The early national monument faced many challenges, especially with local miners and ranching families. Mineral mining began in the late 19th century, and was allowed to continue up to 1976. Hiking in the monument you can easily see the mining history in old prospecting holes, tailings, and buildings.
Modern ranching in the monument began at the beginning of the 20th century, and also continued through the 1970's.The effects of overgrazing are still seen today. You can visit old ranching sites at Alamo Canyon, Bates Well, and otherwells scattered across the monument.
In 1976 The United Nations designated Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as an International Biosphere Reserve, reconfirming its status as an outstanding example of the Sonoran Desert. Then in 1977, Congress declares 95% of Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument as a Wilderness area.

Quitobaquito has had many colorful residents. Andrew Dorsey arrived in the early 1860's, opened a store, dug the pond deeper and built an earthen dam to create a bigger water source. He also dug irrigation ditches to water his pomegranate and fig trees. Dorsey lived in the area until the 1890's. In 1887, a former Texas Ranger named Jefferson Davis Milton was hired to establish a United States Custom and Immigration station at Quitobaquito.
Milton went on to mine for gold and silver in the area and established the Milton Mine that you can still visit in the monument today. Around 1903, local rancher Thomas Childs Jr. arrived and rebuilt Dorsey's dam and irrigation ditches. Among other crops, he started to grow watermelons.
On April 13, 1937, President Franklin Roosevelt signed the proclamation creating Organ Pipe cactus National Monument. Around 1947, the pond at Quitobaquito was approximately 2 feet deep, and covered an area up to 0.5 acres. Also over 4,000 feet of irrigation ditches existed, providing water to at least 8 fig trees and 22 pomegranate trees.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Javelina Here at Ajo



A few years ago I was doing my washing in Ajo.  (Excellant Laundromat)
When this herd of Javelinas run down the side of the laundromat.  Then ran across AZ.85.  Then they went up the side of the hill.  It was a thrill to see them.

Javelina are in the Peccary family.  They originated from South America.  They are common in central and southern Arizona.
They form a herd of two or more.

They are from 40 to 60 lbs.  And very poor eye sight, They travel in washes and heavy brush.  They are more on the go at night, and in the day when it is cool..

They eat cacti, succulent bulbs, tubers, beans, and seeds. They do eat scatter garbage .

A couple of photos are from Google.

DeseertDale took this photo at Patagonia, 
Enjoy Kitfoxgal

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Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Birds Of Many At Cibola

Good afternoon  Folks.  I was going to post this about  a week ago.  It looks like I never made that move.  Getting for forgetful in my old age.
The first photo was of  a flock of  Sandhill Cranes , pllus many other types birds at Cibola 
 Ferruginous Hawk perched on along roads and soaring over open  country.
Great Horned Owl.  They are real common .  Hunts at night.
This is a Loggerhead Shrike.  They are  an open-country bird.  They perch on wires or bush tops.
The Sandhill Crane is a highly social bird.   They nest in marshes.
The American Pelican  have a 9 foot wingspan.  They found on the coasts  and large lakes. They do not dive for there food like the Brown Pelicans.
The Great Blue Heron are the largest of the Heron.   Often seen by their self except around nesting colonies.
The Mountain Bluebirds found in wide open spaces.
This is a female Snow Goose .  They are in found in the winter on the open waters and a few large lakes.

Hope you enjoy this posting even if I did not post it a few weeks ago.  Kitfoxgal
 

Monday, December 19, 2016

John Beck

This is for John Beck.
"MERRY CHRISTMAS".  PLus a "HAPPY NEW YEARS" Jhon.

THIS IS THE ONLY WAY I CAN POST SOMETHING UNTIL I GET THIS MACHINE OF MINE FIX.  KITFOXGAL

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Cibola Bird Run 12-13-16

 Good Morning to all my  Readers, out there in
this land of beauty.  We went on a Bird Run early this morning , here at Cibola NWR.  These are just a few of the birds we had the pleasure of seeing here.

The first one above and this  are a few of the  Canada Geese resting in the pasture above.  Plus the lone Canada Goose getting ready to land.  They are common and widespread. They are not always found in water.


This is a Great-blue Heron.  They are uncommon , but are widespread.  They nests in colonies in trees.  Usually seen alone.

The American White Pelican roosts on sandbars. They forages in shallow waiers of lakes , marshes and lagoonns.

This another Great-blue Hernon caught on a Osprey roosting nest in the NWR.  The park has them built all around the area.

This is a Sandhill Crane.  They can be found in large numbers..  They winter in marshes or on farmland.  They spend the nights in groups.

These were all found here at Cibola NWR.  This was our birding run for this morning .
There so much to see here.  Camping sites are not the best , but you can not have everything all the time.

All most forgot my favorite is the Burrowing Owl, that we saw on another outing.  We saw these at a earlier time.

 
Have a good day .  Kitfoxgal

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Cibola NWR

Good Morning to all my Viewers.  DesertDale and Kitfoxgal went out on there daily Birding run at Cibola NWR area.  We will be here a few more days.
I seem to post something each year we are here.  I hope this posting will be a little different. 

 
Cibola NWR is locate in the floodplain of the Colorado River.  It has some 18,444 acres for the wintering grounds for migratory waterfowl and other wildlife  such as
This coyote  that seems to have just woke up from a rest.  DesertDale
 had the pleasure of taking the coyotes's photo just after he took this photo of the Burrowing Owl out of his home in  the ground.
There is much, much on a  about a 4 mile route.
There also many sites close by to drive to.
Hope you enjoy this posting as much as DesertDale and Kitfoxgal had staying there at Cibola NWR.  It is a boondocking site with no hook ups.