A few days’ stop in AZ

Holbrook, AZ is near an outstanding National Park:  Painted Desert and Petrified Forest.  We’ve been here before, but thought it worth another stop.  250 Million years ago in the Triassic, it was a steamy jungle with huge trees near the equator which has since shifted!  Lots of different layes of minerals in the sand.

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imageimageWhat looks like boulders here is actuallly pieces of petrified logs!

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The bird of the day is:  Common Raven!  Actually the only bird we identified (saw another flit into a bush, but couldn’t find it!  There were pairs (they mate for life) sitting at many of the parking areas, talking to the people (begging).  A sad commentary on the state of man and beast.

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The day we returned we actually found a small flock of House Finches at the south entrance Museum grounds, plus 2 Loggerhead Shrikes.  So added 2 more birds – but that was it!  Also walked the crystal path with some close-ups of the petrified logs.  They vary in color from white, to gray, black, purple, pink, deep red/rust, orange, yellow, green – an amazing color palette.

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On to TX and hopefully, lots more birds.

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