Rio Salado morning….

I had driven over the bridges literally thousands of times in the more than 20 years that I lived in the Phoenix area…but something looked very different as I crossed them again and took a closer look over these past couple of weeks.  The river bed is surrounded by green…and has water in it…and months have passed since our last soaking monsoon rains.  Evidently, the City of Phoenix and the federal government worked together over a span of roughly ten years to restore five miles of the Rio Salado River to the condition that it likely was many decades ago before the river was damned at several places between Phoenix and its headwaters…it used to run continuously throughout the year, so much so that there used to be a ferry service for crossings.  At any rate, I went for a hike/walk along the river the other morning and was pleasantly surprised at what I found, just three miles south of downtown Phoenix….egrets, cranes or herons, coots and mallards, geese, beaver or muskrat, coyotes, and scores of rabbits…smack-dab in the middle of the desert.  You can click on these highlighted words, Rio Salado Habitat Restoration Area, to be taken to the City of Phoenix’s web-page describing the area.

I had arrived at the river before sunrise in the hopes of capturing the brilliant pink and yellow hues of the sun-drenched clouds reflecting on the surface of the water…but was met with a surreal quiet and low-lying misty wet atmosphere in which I could see my breath…so while the photo could be clearer, I think it captures the essence of my morning walk this past Saturday along the Rio Salado River.

Rio Salado morning

15 responses

  1. Love your wetland photo with a bit of marine overcast…Gorgeous photo.

    December 12, 2014 at 11:49 am

    • Thank you, Charlie.

      December 13, 2014 at 1:00 pm

  2. This is beautiful Scott!! 🙂

    December 12, 2014 at 12:05 pm

    • Thanks, Adrian…it was quite a surprise.

      December 13, 2014 at 1:01 pm

  3. That’s great that they’re restoring things to the way they were meant to be.

    December 12, 2014 at 2:57 pm

    • They removed over a thousand tons of old tires and other trash from the river bed and planted tens of thousands of trees and shrubs…quite an undertaking……

      December 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  4. A wonderful project they did.

    December 13, 2014 at 3:43 am

    • Yes, it is, Laura.

      December 13, 2014 at 1:04 pm

  5. Even when the weather doesn’t cooperate it can end in good photos.

    December 13, 2014 at 3:44 am

    • It worked out fairly well with this one. 🙂

      December 13, 2014 at 1:05 pm

  6. Liana

    an honest picture of honest water–the latter is very hard to find in Phoenix

    December 14, 2014 at 6:54 am

    • It is hard to find in this sometimes raging desert….

      December 16, 2014 at 9:17 am

  7. So amazing to see something like that in the middle of the desert. Very, very cool. Nice shot as well!

    December 14, 2014 at 11:02 am

    • It rather blew me away, Gunta…it was so unlike anything I had seen here in my many years of traveling this particular part of the desert. And thank you. 🙂

      December 16, 2014 at 9:18 am

  8. This is a beautiful image. Getting a misty morning shot is rare here, you were fortunate to see and capture such a scene. I have been curious about this location and should make a plan to visit and photograph. This is an area I have been hesitant to visit by myself.

    January 7, 2015 at 10:33 pm

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