McKittrick Canyon

An Exploration of Fall Colors in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, Texas

Part One (A): To the Pratt Cabin

Starting to encounter color

This is my second foray into McKittrick Canyon.  The link to my first entry is given on every page at the bottom.  

I deliberately started taking photos after I had passed where I had taken Texas madrone tree photos on my first (very short) visit:

Last time I fell in love with and could not get enough of the Texas madrones, a unique and rare tree I had never seen before.

But now it is fall and the madrones are evergreens, so they did not catch my eye this time [except when I admired their red berries a few times: bird food for winter].   I know: fickle!

Here is what caught my eye this time: oak,ash and maple in full fall-color display (and yes, red berries on the madrone)!  

Having an early sun helped add contrast to these photos, of course.  Later in the day there would have been a different aura about these trees.

Farther up the trail we approached another creek crossing (where that smaller green tree stands):

Past that crossing was another phenomenal color-cluster:

Of course there were other things to see too, like the progress we are making moving up the canyon:

Soon comes another creek crossing, with its own color display, and we will go there on the next page.

NAVIGATION HAS BEEN SIMPLIFIED

The entire list of page links is shown on every page, with THE NEXT PAGE IN THE SEQUENCE prefaced with a 'cool" or "hot" button and highlighted in color and larger type.

Previous pages on McKittrick Canyon are linked as the last item in the list below.

NOTE: it is the word PAGE that is the actual link!

PART ONE: To the Pratt Cabin

Page 1 A: Starting to encounter color

Page 1 B: Slow progress because of getting lost in color

Page 1 C: Approaching the Pratt Cabin

PART TWO: To the Grotto

Page 2 A: On the Wilderness Area trail

Page 2 B: Springs, oases and a fish

Page 2 C: Bright trees and rocks along the way

Page 2 D: The Grotto and its surroundings

PART THREE: To the Notch

Page 3 A: Above the Grotto area

Page 3 B: Some spectacular side canyons

Page 3 C: Switchbacks to the Notch

Page 3 D: The Notch and its views

PART FOUR: Beyond the Notch

Page 4 A: A tale of switchbacks and obstacles

Page 4 B: Up an additional 500 feet, is that all?

Go to previous pages on McKittrick Canyon

Go to 2010 Yearbook Page

Go to Texas Page

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