Apache Trail

Canyon Lake Pano

Canyon Lake Vista

We went on another new-to-us day trip the other day. We took the Apache Trail (SR 88) from Apache Junction to 6 miles past Tortilla Flat (Milepost 220). I spent hours trying to stitch these 3 photos above into a panorama but could only do two without it getting all bolloxed up. So I opted for using the last 2. Guess I need to experiment more.

Tortilla Flat (pop. 6) is a 115 year old former stagecoach stop that is now a tourist trap with restaurant, saloon, general store, mercantile, and museum, but the drive there is lovely and paved.

Curves

Tortilla CreekTortilla Creek

American SnoutAmerican Snout

Green Ocotillos

Ocotillo Close

It’s rained a lot in our area lately due to 2 tropical storms. I’ve never seen such green Ocotillos; they almost looked plastic.

Rolling Mtns

More Mtns

BridgeBoulder Creek Bridge, built in 1937

It was another cloudy day and there weren’t many birds cooperating. Here are a couple we saw by the lake.

YRWAYellow-rumped Warbler

RWBLRed-winged Blackbird, male

Osprey on Wire

Osprey 2_edited-1Ospreys

We saw a few Ospreys, going in for the dive, but no one came up with anything while we were watching.

Hide 1Someone’s hide and hair; it is the Wild West

Pavement Ends_edited-1

This is where we stopped, not so much because we’re chickens but our SUV is not a 4WD. We might rent a Jeep one day and do the rest of the trip. I’ve heard December is the best time to take the drive because of the fall colors. I think it would be pretty dramatic since I know you see Fish Creek, Apache Lake, the Salt River, and end at Roosevelt Lake.

Vista

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4 thoughts on “Apache Trail

  1. You might experiment with your panorama by placing a print of the 2 done next to the 1 you want to add. Then, take a picture of them together and see how that looks. Or use a scanner? I am no pro, so I’m not sure how my idea would work. I love your picture of the yellow rump warbler showing off his behind. 🙂 Also, the saloon picture with the wagon wheel.

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    1. Thank you, Teresa. I do it in Photoshop Elements and it automatically stitches them together but you have to have a certain amount of overlap in each photo so it can line them up correctly. I think I either did too much or too little overlap. I think maybe all the clouds contributed to it, too. If it was a clear blue sky, it might have worked better.

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  2. looks like a very interesting adventure. I love the photo of the osprey but I have a ‘thing’ for ospreys. Beautiful shape aren’t they? Nice panorama too Candace.

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