Corona de Tucson
May 6, 2022
This beautiful piece of southwest Arizona is Madera Canyon. Madera is a Spanish word meaning lumber or wood and over a century ago, this canyon served as a major source of timber for the city of Tucson...thus its name. Today it is a haven for diverse wildlife (especially birds), a home for a wide variety of plants and trees, and a relief from the scorching heat for many of us in the summer. The canyon lies on the northwest face of the Santa Rita Mountains in the Coronado National Forest. We have hiked here many times in our visits to Tucson...once to Josephine Saddle via the Old Baldy Trail and Super Trail loop back in 2016.
My toe is better. And you know what that means. Tuesday, we headed to Madera Canyon with Randy to do a "new to us" section of the Proctor Trail. We parked at the Amphitheater parking area to begin the climb to Mt Wrightson Picnic and Trailheads area. From the get go, it was mesmerizing...a shady welcome, scents of pine and dirt, birds singing, golden grasses, and mountains and views.
A few wildflowers added pops of color along the way.
|My dear mother-in-law always said every room needs a splash of red. I agree !|
This section of Proctor Trail meanders up and down with lots of twists and turns as the narrow trail hugs the mountain side.
We made a wrong left turn so didn't actually make it all the way to the Mt Wrightson picnic area which is at the end of the scenic drive through Madera Canyon. Next time, we will know to go right. We walked Madera Canyon Road back to the Amphitheater parking lot. We saw a group of turkeys (I counted at least nine) by Madera Creek.
Did you know a group of turkeys is called a rafter? That is because they like to roost in the rafters of barns and old structures.
If there are no rafters, they choose to do their roosting in trees.
I just happened to look up as we walked past a rock wall and something red caught my eye. It was several claret cup cacti just growing out of the rock. So amazing and pretty...a true rock garden !
Back at the oasis, nothing much is going on. The dahlias are popping up.
We had a new backyard visitor...a Brown-crested Flycatcher.
They are seen in the southwest during breeding season. Old woodpecker holes...now I know they are called boots...in saguaro are critical for their nesting habitat.
In addition to the hike, we have had a couple of early morning walks.
And Thursday morning, we went to Lowes.
We never come home empty handed.
I have been practicing with the focus on my camera. The globe mallow and hummingbird are on the other side of the wrought iron fence.
And the cone flowers are behind the chair.
So until next week,
HAPPY TRAILS !