Lucky us, it’s the Vernal Equinox, a perfect day for a field trip up to the Triangle Bar Ranch on the San Pedro with the AZ Land and Water Trust.
There is public access up the west side of the river. ALWT holds land bordering the river.
Triangle Bar Cows.
I am here to sketch! It is so easy just to look, to sketch takes fortitude.
What’s this behind the hay bales, the salt lick stash..
This is mining country with much faulting and mineral precipitation. This train trestle runs ore from several mines in the area.
A dam of possible partial beaver making.
This spot is significant for a number of reasons, one being that it is the confluence of Aravaipa Creek and the San Pedro River. That’s Aravaipa Canyon to the east.
Where there’s water, there’s (wild) life.
This curious thirsty one entertained us pretty well.
Can’t forget lunch. Alas, no food pictures. Yes, it was delicious.
After respite we head up the wash to a natural spring which wells up right out of the sand. There is much geologic interest. See uplift.
Butterflies abound on the damp surface.
Putnum Spring plus ooze.