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?
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