I own no land, instead I have wheelestate. I’ve been a full time RVer since 1997. Working summers as a Park Ranger takes me to many beautiful places and playing during the winter takes me to many more. This blog is simply the story of my life's adventures.


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Friday, April 17, 2009

Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument

Serene Ponderosa Pine Forest entering the monument
The Native people living northeast of Flagstaff must have wondered what made the ground shake under their pithouses and farming fields nearly 900 years ago during the birth of a volcano.  Read more here.


Janie said...

Great photos and interesting information. I didn't know Arizona had an active volcano as recently as 900 years ago. Also didn't know about the spirals in Ponderosa pines and the reason for it.
Thanks for the tour and education.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are horrible to tease me like that with just such a tiny glimps Gaelyn, I thought you were my friend. LOL!! LOL!! I am patient, I can wait because I know it is going to be well worth it.:) At least I can see you are heading in the right direction. :)

Another fantastic post. The pics and info on the larva flow and volcano is extremely interesting. It is amazing that anything will grow in those cinders, but nature does not ask much of us in order to shoot out.

It is the first time I have heard of a tree spiralling like that. The more I learn about nature, the more amazing it is!!

Wow Gaelyn, thanks for this, it is brilliant. Now please scoot off and get to you know where. LOL!! I am patient but not THAT patient. LOL!!

Diane C. said...

The unknown flower looks so pretty against the dark gray cinders and the 400 yr old Ponderosa Pine is fascinating! I didn't know about the spiral growth either. Your first photo is stunning with those pines and clouds.

Anonymous said...

It always amazes me how something so soft and delicate as a young plant knows how to work its way to the surface through such dense rock, bringing new dimensions to the land where the earth decided to be creative and wanted to sketch something brand new.

Lisa Wilson said...

What great photos! I just went through Flagstaff for the first time and I didn't have time to stop to see anything, but I really liked the area.

Erin said...

it's all coming back to me...been there many times over the years. love that entire area...beautiful captures gaelyn...happy that you are moving along and in photo heaven there ^..^
have a good day.

Denise said...

Oh wow, your photos show nature in all her glory. Fantastic! Happy SWF.

Anonymous said...

I worked here too! We put up fences to keep people on ORV out of the monument, because the ground is so fragile. This was another interesting place to get to experience. It looks like you are having a great road trip! There are so many spectacular places to visit in Arizona!

Kirigalpoththa said...

Great photos and very informative description.. Never heard about Ponderosa Pines and their unique growth pattern..

Quiet Paths said...

I can't get over how much there is to see out there. My folks used to visit their friends but i haven't been there since I was a child. Great shot. You look like you are really enjoying yourself.

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