Coconino National Forest, Flagstaff, Arizona

I’ve been visiting my friends Elaine and Randy in Flagstaff, taking in huge breaths of fresh mountain air, surrounded by majestic Ponderosa pines. At 8,000 feet I need all the air I can get as we wander the forest paths with Rudy the rez dog.  Rudy is an example of a local mixed breed, some of which are used by the Navajo nation and other ranchers as livestock guardians for their sheep. These dogs appear to be a multi-purpose ‘landrace’ of various breeds, including the traditional European livestock guardians, adapted to this arid environment and herd management style.

IMG_2195
Rudy, pondering his path on a Ponderosa forest trail in Flagstaff, AZ
IMG_2200
Rudy and Elaine pause for a break
IMG_2197
Mt. Eldon, just behind Elaine’s home
20180517_100455
Claret cup cactus blooms on the forest floor; aka crimson hedgehog, heart twister strawberry cactus and spinemound
20180517_085823
I’m standing next to a hollow Gambel oak, aka Rocky Mountain white oak and Utah white oak. Note the giant boulders behind me, at the base of Mt. Eldon

 

Advertisements

Any thoughts?

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

w

Connecting to %s