Cellpic Sunday – 3 February 2019

Buckeye, Arizona.

In early January, our hiking club’s weekly hike found us on a steady uphill from the nearby neighborhood known as Verrado through open desert and over a couple of ridges into Skyline Park. This popular park is only a few years old, but it has become very busy especially on winter weekends. In fact, as this is being written, I am only a couple of hours from heading to Skyline Park for a Saturday morning hike. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 6 January 2019

Waddell, Arizona.

Last week, I featured a view of the Willow Canyon Trail in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. This week features another shot captured by my cell phone on the hike. It was a relatively clear day in the Phoenix Metro. One of the reasons we chose a home on the western edge of the metro is that the inherent haze and smog of the city tends to stay in the valley. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 30 December 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

My favorite hike in my favorite park is the Mesquite Canyon Trail in the White Tank Mountains Regional Park. It’s not a long drive to get there either, only about 20 minutes or so. In the last few years, I’ve settled into a pattern of 4 miles (6.4 km) or so, not to exceed 5 miles. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 9 December 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

On a warm but cloudy day, we ventured out on our first Arizona hike of the 2018-19 season. In late November, I led a short 3.8 mile hike with our hiking club in Buckeye. It was fun to be back with the group again. In the last couple of years, we’ve added some far more experienced hike leaders than I to our group and I expect the group will have a wider variety of difficulty level and length than we’ve previously provided. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 8 July 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

I have been lax at taking pictures lately due to a heavier than normal workload at my volunteer Civil Air Patrol job. It’s Friday as I’m writing this post, and I want to have it publish automatically on Sunday, a typical scheduled Cellpic Sunday. Looking through my library of cellular phone photos, I discovered I’d taken two images of the same trail, just slightly offset. Using Lightroom, I created a panoramic image of this view of the Goat Camp Trail in White Tank Mountain Regional Park. Last March, our hiking club traveled for a couple of miles down the trail and then returned for a total of just over five miles (8.5 km). Continue reading

White Tank Mountain Park – A Gallery in Black and White

Waddell, Arizona.

One of our first discoveries in Arizona is a favorite hiking place for me. The White Tank Mountain Regional Park is about 20 minutes from our house in Buckeye. Last spring, I saw an announcement of a blsck-and-white photo contest with the prizes being displays of the photographs at the nature center. I quickly put together a collection of black-and-white images. Though I didn’t win the first prize, the three images featured were all selected to be printed and displayed in the White Tank Mountain Nature Center. Continue reading

Cellpic Sunday – 27 May 2018

Waddell, Arizona.

Three years ago, we were hiking the Old Saddle Trail section off the Mule Deer Trail in the White Tank Mountain Regional Park. At a trail intersection, we met Chuck and his horse. He stopped to allow us to cross in front of him. We stopped and visited for a few minutes. I asked if I could take a photo of him and he obliged. Continue reading