Seven Springs Saturday

I drove north and east this morning…this false first-Saturday in this new and old place.  The true first-Saturday found me unloading moving trucks, you might remember…so this was the first one that was unoccupied with moving and other commitments.  Like I said, I drove north and east, trying to get closer to a huge mesa in that direction which has been unimaginatively named “Table Mesa,” which to my understanding of Spanish, ends up meaning “Table Table.”  At any rate, I found myself only in the vicinity of that place, several miles, really, away and away from the redundantly named mass of earth and rock that rises table-like from the lower desert floor.  The below image is not of that so-named bit of earth and rock, it is of other bits of desert hillsides and ridges and crowning greenery and thorns and chunks of volcanic waste that was left behind after their own genesis in the eons of millennia passed.

Sonora Desert east of New River, Arizona

After completing something of a circle of exploration of that land to the north and east of my current desert home, I headed further north and east along new, yet known roadways…heading toward another desert town that lived in my mind as a memory of only a brief visit that occurred nearly 30 years ago.  Along the way, however, I encountered a sign that said “Seven Springs,” a notion of a recommended place that I in particular might enjoy…”It’s green,” she said, “with a stream and cottonwood trees…,” things that reminded me of another place, one that I have only recently left behind….  The last image in the below gallery shows what the area looks like from above, rather…a nearby area that is strikingly similar to the visited Seven Springs….a flowing greenery that lives in the narrow draws and folds that lie between rolling hills of raw and scorching desert sand and rock.

I don’t know the name of the delicate flowers in the below image…but I found the plant along the waterway of Seven Springs….

Seven Springs Wildflowers

…and a yellow Columbine, too…a different version of my favorite flower ever, the Colorado Columbine that I shared in this post if you’d care to see a similar and beautiful creature in pristine, alpine white….

Seven Springs Yellow Columbine

This Saguaro Cactus is probably close to 25 feet in height…one of what must be hundreds and hundreds of the amazing plants that populate the vast Sonora Desert of Arizona.

Saguaro Cactus

Forgive the slightly washed-out white of the Saguaro’s blossoms in the below image…today was one of those days that my sons refer to as “severe clear,” meaning that there was not a cloud in the sky as the June sun beat down upon the desert….

Saguaro Cactus blossoms

Roadside Prickly Pear Cactus…under a near-noon sun….

Prickly Pear Cactus

Hmm…maybe a little fuzzy on the yellow….

Prickly Pear Cactus Blossoms

…and lastly, looking down the hillside into one of the desert draws…you can probably make-out the dry waterway…a sandy pathway that leads to the greener foliage in the upper left of the image…early Spring rains and Summer monsoon storms bring the stream-beds to life again….

Saguaro and Prickly Pear Cacti downhill perspective

Thank you, Rachel….

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30 responses

  1. I think your desert and your mountains are very moody places, but in extremely different ways, but the water brings them together in your springs draw. It’s almost as though you were transported back into the higher places. Table Table seems like an altogether amazing name. It’s so silly, it’s brilliant. 🙄

    June 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm

    • I had that feeling, too, Gunta, of being in that former and higher and moody place. And yes, Table Table is rather silly. 😉

      June 13, 2014 at 5:28 pm

  2. Your photos here remind me of the scenery in southern Israel. I did a lot of hiking there, though I preferred the fall and winter months. And what pleasure there is, in the discovery of an oasis, where spring water brings lush life to an otherwise barren land.

    June 8, 2014 at 12:44 am

    • I’ve wondered at the similarity of our two lands, Shimon….and I think I shall not be seriously into the hiking, not locally anyway, until later in the year…it’s getting to be quite warm. This was certainly an unlikely place to find the lush greenery of a desert oasis, too…but that’s what makes it so welcome…..

      June 13, 2014 at 5:37 pm

  3. The Sonora Desert is one of my favorite places. There is so much to see and explore. I haven’t been back in almost 5 years, but your post brought back some great memories. I know you will have many adventures while finding new favorite places to hike and enjoy.

    June 8, 2014 at 3:32 am

    • I’m looking forward to the explorations, Laura…will be heading toward the north country, though, as desert temps continue to climb…..

      June 13, 2014 at 5:38 pm

  4. A beautiful photographic record, thanks Scott.

    June 8, 2014 at 5:54 am

    • Most welcome, John……and thank you, too.

      June 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  5. Each part of the world has its own beauty and you’ve found some in this part of it. I’m sure you’ll find much more!

    June 8, 2014 at 6:46 am

    • I’m thinking your correct, Allen….and I’m looking forward to it. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 5:39 pm

  6. I do like exploring . . . even when others are doing it.

    By the way, Red Mesa (UT) is similarly unimaginatively named . . . plus they named a town after it.

    June 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    • I’ve noticed that you do, Emilio…..and I missed Utah’s Red Mesa…town and all. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 5:41 pm

  7. Nice to see you settling back into a new/old place, Scott.

    June 8, 2014 at 10:29 am

    • Thank you, Andy…it’s interesting seeing the place through a camera this time around…..

      June 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  8. Wonderful nature, and so different from ours.

    June 8, 2014 at 2:38 pm

    • Yes, it is, Bente. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 5:42 pm

  9. LB

    So glad you shared the cactus flowers … I’ve not seen any in bloom.
    Looks like you had a good Saturday, whether false or true 🙂

    June 9, 2014 at 11:28 am

    • I’m glad you liked the cactus blooms, LB….I’ve seen some in red, too, here in the neighborhood….will try to get some pix of them, as well. And yes, it was a very nice Saturday, whatever kind it was. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 5:43 pm

  10. My, are you ever bringing back memories!

    June 9, 2014 at 8:54 pm

    • Sounds like that’s a good thing for you, Terry…..glad I could help. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 5:44 pm

  11. The green water/trees look like an extra special place after the vast view of the mesa…and I love the saguaro flowers like May Day crowns on the shining heads of little ones.

    June 10, 2014 at 6:59 am

    • I imagine that the First People in the area loved having it there. There are camping areas and improvements to the water-course that were built back in the early 1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps…so people have been enjoying the place for quite a while already.

      June 13, 2014 at 5:52 pm

  12. Scott, I love all these pictures, they make want to go find them and just sit and ponder life…and/or just sit and look at the views.

    June 11, 2014 at 12:58 am

    • Thanks, Kat….make sure you bring a cooler loaded with ice and your favorite drinks…it’s going to be warm sitting and contemplating. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm

  13. Ah, I missed the move. I would like to see that cactus in person. The mountain “almost” passes for the real thing. 🙂 These are great shots of the desert blossoms. If you’re in harsh light all the time, you need to slap on a ND filter or a polarizer, I guess. I don’t have much experience with them, but they’ll filter out that bright light. I love the flowers on the tops of the saguaro. Find a lizard friend for my Lucy! 😉

    June 11, 2014 at 11:20 pm

    • I’d have missed it, too, George, but I couldn’t get away with it! And I’ve read/heard about those filters, too….but don’t have one as of yet. I’m glad you enjoyed the blossoms…and I’ll be sure to keep an eye out for a nice lizard friend for Lucy. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 10:45 pm

  14. The flowers on the Cactus are fabulous – never seen these type of shots before.

    June 12, 2014 at 6:44 am

    • Thank you, Scott….they’re probably not too common in the British Isles. 🙂

      June 13, 2014 at 10:46 pm

  15. Wonderful – I’ve never seen the saguaro’s blooms so thanks for that! Last weekend I went over the mountains to the “dry side” and tomorrow will post about it – there’s a photo that’s really similar to one of yours above – I love these coincidences.

    June 14, 2014 at 9:20 pm

    • You’re welcome for the Saguaro blossom, Lynn…and I just happened to view your “Dry Side” post, also….. I was thinking about the similarity of subject matter, the little oasis and greenery that you found in the draw of the otherwise stark and dry landscape. How wonderful that you spied a Bighorn Sheep….I’ve never seen one before either. 🙂

      June 17, 2014 at 4:37 pm

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