I took this picture Sunday coming north on Route 83 towards Sonoita. They had a small wildfire there about a month ago.
The sign obviously was burnt off at the ground, as we could see metal pipes where they had put it back into the ground after the fire.
Yesterday afternoon we were suddenly wading through a very heavy smoky haze here in Sierra Vista. Just on the other side of the Huachuca Mountains a wildfire started mid-morning around Parker Canyon Lake. The fire began with 400 acres engulfed and quickly expanded to 4000 acres. So far today the haze is not too bad, but it smells smoky enough that I don’t want to put any laundry out on the clothes line. With the west wind practically a constant, I anticipate smoke for the next few days. Hopefully they’ll get this fire put out before it gets totally out of hand.
What to do on a Sunday now that the NASCAR season is over for the year? Drive, of course! We took a short Sunday afternoon drive to Parker Canyon Lake and the backside of Mount Huachuca. It was an overcast day, not a good picture taking day, so I only took a few.
Anyone know what type of tree these leaves belongs to? I’m assuming an oak of some sort, even though my first thought was holly. These trees are everywhere!
Is this an oak?
The lake was practically deserted, especially compared to our visit last spring, when there were many boats on the lake and many more families and fisherman enjoying the shores of the lake.
Parker Canyon Lake December 2010
Parker Canyon Lake May 2010
There were lots of ducks and other water birds on the lake.
These ducks were all black and very camera shy.
Here are a couple more pictures from our May 2010 visit.
Parker Canyon Lake main area, May 2010
Parker Canyon Lake entrance sign
The mountains in the distance are Mexico.
And this picture is of the west side of Mount Huachuca (we live on the east side), taken May 2010. This is one of the pictures that I have scrolling on my blog mast.
The Huachuca Mountains
I hope you enjoyed our Sunday jaunt!