Whispers Of Spring In The High Desert

Oak Creek reflection, Red Rock State Park, Sedona.

Oak Creek reflection, Red Rock State Park, Sedona.

Sedona, Arizona: I’m still glad to know you.

I had to drive in from the south instead of down the switchbacks of upper Oak Creek Canyon, because they were working on that stretch of highway. Ok. No problem. No timetable, just daylight to burn as I revisit some favorite haunts.

The cliffs on the north side of Sedona.

The cliffs on the north side of Sedona.

Too early in the day for the Forest Service’s Red Rock Visitor Center to be open. So I was my own rolling visitor center. My own tour guide.

Unseasonably warm for early February. The plants were beginning to stir. I entered Red Rock State Park and walked along Oak Creek. A warm, calm spring morning. Soothing. Nobody else down there.

Arizona Alder tree crowns along Oak Creek.

Arizona Alder tree crowns along Oak Creek.

Down along the beautiful, clear stream the alders were flowering. They don’t have showy flowers like some trees, but rather graceful drooping catkins. Open for business.

Catkins (male flowers) of Arizona Alder, Alnus oblongifolia.

Catkins (male flowers) of Arizona Alder, Alnus oblongifolia.

The flowing cold water was mesmerizing as it reflected the still bare trees, the blue sky.

Oak Creek, sparkling in the February sunlight.

Oak Creek, sparkling in the February sunlight.

Photo locations: Sedona, and Red Rock State Park, northern Arizona. © 2015 Stephen J. Krieg.

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