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Crystal Canyon

I don't get out often. Sometimes though, I can steal a few hours from working for a living or working where I live. When I get my trembeling hands on some of this rare "free" time, I often spend it here. This place isn't named Crystal Canyon on any map. It has no name on any map I've ever seen. You can see it on a topo map. It's a real place. But it appears as only a barely descernable depression in the ancient volcanic chaos of the surrounding landscape. It's much more impressive in person.

Happy Returns

I've been back a lot since I first found the place. Usually alone, but I've shown a few people. Only once met folks while I was there. The beauty is subtle, solitude is almost assured..

02/10/2006

thataway

Got a ways down the canyon this time.

02/21/2006

tortoise

Made a new friend. We hung out.

04/22/2006

chollablossom

Don't really remember this trip. It may have been too hot for my brain to work.

10/10/2008

feet up

Hot this day too. But I found shade so I remember the trip.

Overnight

March 3-4

2007

I was able to stay out all night in this neighborhood

Water & Cactus

Found a waterhole in a side canyon off Crystal.

Water

No rain for months and this thing still had water. Very rare.

Shade

Hiding from the afternoon sun.

Poppy

Contrast.

Didda

Nother

Overnight

Got plans. Been scouting during day trips. Last time I was at the waterhole, it was the only wet spot for miles. Plan is to set up an infrared light shining on the waterhole, then set up me and the camera on a cliff nearby. The camera can detect infrared (see in the dark). With luck, I'll get video of any critter coming for a drink after nightfall. Photos below are from my last scouting trip on 11/01/2008.

aspider

Met a spider.

aspider

Met another.

rattle snake

Rattler in the headlights.

alone is good

The moment was good. But then, I like spiders and snakes!

Maybe many critters that day 'cause I was there about sunset.

Video Clip ->

wasp on water
zoom to th hole

Zoomed on the waterhole from the cliff.

Latest

Car Camp

Overnight 2009

Too much rain before I went. Almost water everywhere again. Was lazy. Didn't walk down. Slept in the jeep at the top of the canyon.