Guadalupe Mountains-2005
Jul 6, 2010Public
Photo: Park Ranger Dave Bieri took me to our state champion Alligator Juniper (Juniperus deppeana) above Guadalupe Spring.
Photo: The tree sits on a hillside below an old stone wall that was once...
Photo: ...the front door of a cabin constructed by an old hermit who lived here for decades before the Park was formed in 1972.
Photo: Just off the highway, you'll pass a small shrine to Our Lady of Guadalupe. The tree is a short hike up the wash, with great views of El Capitan.
Photo: Next morning, the time zone change got me out on the trail early enough to see the sunrise tint the clouds over Guadalupe Peak.
Photo: I set out on the Tejas trail in search of our champion Rocky Mountain Douglas-Fir (Pseudotsuga menzeisii), passing this madrone on the way.
Photo: By full sun-up, I was well on my way up to "The Bowl."
Photo: Cactus bloom.
Photo: The high point on the Tejas Trail, before crossing the divide and entering "The Bowl"...
Photo: ...with a great look back at Guadalupe Peak!
Photo: Down, down the Tejas trail to its intersection with the Juniper Trail, where this 98' tall Doug-fir stands at the edge of a small draw.
Photo: Downstream a few yards from the big Doug-fir, I found this Knowlton Hophornbeam (Ostrya knowltonii) -- a new champion for the list!
Photo: From here, I hiked up the draw in search of a remote aspen stand containing our current state champ. But, alas, I made a wrong turn and headed up a different wrong canyon!
Photo: Before heading home, I drove around to the park entrance at Dog Canyon to measure this large Alligator Juniper.
Photo: Park Ranger Gary Carver gives the tree some scale.
Photo: This big juniper is easy to find. On the way out, stop at the cafe in Queen, NM and order a green chile cheeseburger.... Mmm, good!
Photo: Driving back through the Texas Panhandle, this thunderhead followed me for 50 miles or more.