Sunday, November 29, 2015
BUENOS AIRES NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE, ARIZONA
Baboquivari Peak in the Baboquivari mountains and a sacred peak to the Tohono O'odham Nation, presides over Brown Canyon. I snagged a spot on one of the limited Refuge guided hikes into Brown Canyon - named after an early settler of the area - closed to the public by locked gates. Brown Canyon is a preserved remote and wild canyon. It was along this trail, at the beginning of the hike, that we saw a family of the very elusive Montezuma Quail. My first real look at this lovely bird. All of my previous sightings were of the birds flying off as they were flushed in tall grass.
Arizona Sycamores, platanus wrightii, in autumn foliage.
This rock natural bridge was the destination of the hike. A small cave-like indentation in the rock, underneath the arch, has been found to be occupied, at times, by mountain lions.