Thursday, May 29, 2008

Cactus Flower

A flowering cactus on Fatman's Loop Trail in east Flagstaff. Not sure the species of cactus it is though. Any ideas?....maybe hedgehog cactus?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008


This is part of a yucca plant that was just off of Fatman's Loop Trail. I'm not sure if they are flowers or seed pods or what.

Monday, May 26, 2008

End of a Long Day

Although it's brewed in Fort Collins, CO, New Belgium Fat Tire beer is a Flagstaff favorite. You can find it in pretty much any bar and restaurant in town. It's so popular, in fact, that New Belgium included Flagstaff as one of the several cities that would be the location for the Tour de Fat Bike Festival in 2007. Unfortunately, Flagstaff wont be one of the festivals stops this year. :*-(

Fat Tire just happens to be one of my favorites too and makes for a great way to end a long day. :-)

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Fat Man's Loop

This is probably one of the few photos I have ever posted that I am actually in. I hiked Fatman's Loop Trail this morning and set the camera on a rock and set the timer to get this photo of me enjoying the view. East Flagstaff can be seen in the background and part of a cinder cone slowly being cut away as they mine it for cinder gravel. Fatman's Loop Trail is perfect for a easy/moderate day hike. It's about 2 miles long and the last part of the loop gives some great views of east Flagstaff and the cinder cone field to the east of the city. Click here for more photos from the trail, but if you keep coming back to this site, you'll be seeing most of them in upcoming posts. :-)

Saturday, May 24, 2008


This is something that you don't see everyday... a hummingbird at the feeder while it's snowing! We got about 3 inches of snow here in Flagstaff on Friday. Can you believe it?! Snow on May 23rd in ARIZONA!!! Anyway, we had already hung our hummingbird feeder up a few weeks ago and this brave little guy was out in the worst of it feeding on our deck. Never thought I would ever see this. Crazy!

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Looking North

I took this photo a while back, but just never posted it for some reason. It's looking north from the Sky Bridge at the hospital at which I work. The views from there are amazing. Looking south over looks the entire city of Flagstaff. Stay tuned for that photo in the future.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Dead Tree in Sepia

OK, so I may have gone a little crazy with the photo editing on this one, but I was going for a macabre feel with this photo and I think I got it. What do you think? This was taken near Buffalo Park in Flagstaff. Although not apparent in the photo, it was actually a beautiful day with almost perfect weather.

Saturday, May 17, 2008


This photo was taken on Red Mountain Trail about 45 minutes northwest of Flagstaff. Since my wife is training for the Imogene Pass Race in September, she ran the trail, while I hiked it and took photos. This part of the trail is very near the center of Red Mountain, which has been eroded into thousands of rock formations called hoodoos.

Friday, May 16, 2008

Hidden Baby

Another photo from McMillan Mesa. I saw this dried-up baby prickly pear cactus near the trail and had to get a photo. All over the mesa there were bunches of cactus enjoying the large amount of sun the mesa gets. Most of them looked to be in better shape than this little guy.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Peaks from the Mesa

This is a view of the San Francisco Peaks from McMillan Mesa in the the heart of Flagstaff. Even though the mesa is located in the middle of town, it's situated so that from most parts of the mesa it's not possible to see any city buildings or homes. You have the feeling that you are in the wilderness even when you are only blocks from town. Amazing! You can see the fresh blanket of snow on the mountain that we got on Monday.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008


Hi Folks! I realize it's been a while since I posted a photo and I apologize. My wife and I have been doing some traveling the last couple weeks (for a wedding and then just for fun) and I was also pretty sick for a few days and didn't feel quite up to posting. Again, sorry. But I hope most of you have stuck with me and will keep coming to my site. Anyway, on to the post for today.

So as everyone knows, Spring has arrived to most parts of the US and it is also true here in Flagstaff. Today, my wife and I took a short hike on a trail on McMillan Mesa right in the center of Flagstaff. I took this photo of a Wholeleaf Indian Paintbrush, which was growing just off the trail. This species of flower is pretty common around here and adds a lot of color to the countryside.

Although today is a typical Spring day, two days ago, that was most certainly not the case. The photo below was taken on Monday from my deck before I left for work. That morning we got 3 inches of snow in town and 8-10 in the outlying areas. I guess you never quite know what the weather will do in this town!