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These are the pictures from my trip.
First view of Bear Canyon at late afternoon about 4 pm. The sun has sat behind me over a low hill causing the shadow to fall on the Saguaro in front of me.
After having hiked about 2/3s the way up lower Bear canyon I look back down from my camp towards Tucson still glimmering in the sun while the canyon around me is in deep shade.
A cloud above catches the late early evening suns rays as Saguaro's, Mesquites and Palo Verdes stand as silent shadows on the ridge above
While the setting sun shines on the horizon red clouds above slide quietly across the sky
Early the next morning the light of the sky and distant sunlight starts the day as Sentenal Sagauro's look on
At my first glimpse of 7 Falls the sun is starting to shine on the higher cliffs and spire above them.
Closer view of the cliffs and spire above 7 Falls
A tired armed Saguaro waits for the rising sun to warm it as it is it comrade on the other side
The bottom three pools and falls of & Falls
The second pool and falls with bright green algae growing in the daytime sunlight. The falls are about 20 feet high. The water pool being filled with late summers sandwash is about 2 feet deep. In the spring when the snowmelt and rains come the pools are flushed out and become quite deep. Enough to dive into from the cliffs around them.
The 3rd pool up and its huge granite boulder wedge in at the falls area. This one is about 3 feet deep near the boulder and I chimneyed my way under the rock to find the falls there.
With a little sign of Autumn color a Sycamore tree hangs over the 3rd pool as the creek pushes over the granite rim and heads to the lower canyon
Looking back down on the lowest pools/ People slide down between the pool on lower right and the large one in the middle where the two falls drop.
I camped on the sandbar near where my pack rests against a boulder
At the top of 7 Falls a large flat boulder erodes down into the creek
Hawks Rest a cliffed dome of rock looms above the upper side of 7 Falls. The falls drop to the left where the sun shines on their upper egdes and cacti
Down below the falls the sunlight is still just starting to shine on a line of Saguaro's and distant Tucson is bathed in the warm winter sun
Another Saguaro starts putting on new arms as it waits for the sun to come out and play
Soon the morning passes and the winter sun starts to shade the 3 pool. By 2 pm it will be farther southwest and the falls area will once again be in shadow
A small round pool below the lower falls reflects the high cliffs and spire above them
The lowest pool also holds a mirrored image of the cliffs above
Down canyon from 7 Falls the water re-enters the canyon sunshine
Dual spring waters flow where the creek water has moved thru cracks in the lower granite rock and re-amerges downstream
A prickley Pear cactus makes its morning shadow on the rock below
Powerful natural forces have moved the granite at a fault line over millennia, causing quartzite in the rock to separate near one of the falls edges
As the sun moves west it shades the canyon and 7 Falls again. The falls are in the area below the brite rock dome right of center
The shadow now falls across the fall soon to be cooled again by the afternoon light and shadow
A multiarmed Saguaro's needles shine in the midday sun
Another Saguaro's arms seem to be growing at the same rate cooling the main plant more than the needle ever could
Late afternoon the sun now close to setting shines across the mountains of the Sonoran Desert below
As the last light of the sun shines on the cliff above 7 Falls goes on with its endless journey sending water to the desert below
Alpenglow makes the desert seem on fire as the setting sun moves down thru the horizon of western Arizona
Tall Sagauro's stand watch as the suns last light shades them and brings another solar day to a close
Midday my second day I have hiked up a trail opposite the 7 Falls after the sun has risen apon them at 11 am.
The Saguaro forest on the western flanks of Bear canyon looking south towards Tucson down there in the haze of heatwaves
Hiking out I stop to view Cholla Cactus (Jumping Cacti) on the left as their needles shine in the afternoon sun.
A large pool of clear water at a trailcrossing looking back up Bear canyon
Around 4 in the afternoon I am back out of Bear Canyon looking back thinking about my little adventures there over the years. I have hiked Bear canyon to the falls and beyond since my first hike there in November 1983 many times
Looking south from Bear Canyon the Santa Rita Mountain range looms in the sun on the distant horizon 60 miles away
And the Rincon Mountains appear to the east of the mouth of Bear Canyon. Sagauro's, Prickley Pear, Barrel cacti,Palo Verde and Mesquite trees, and a picnic table share the ground cover
The western end of the Catalina Mountains rise to the left of the mouth of Bear canyon. Mt Lemmon its highest point is not visable
Two Sagauro brothers look on as a third starts a fight with one not seen. These three Amigo's were my last companions at the end of another great hike into the desert country of Bear Canyon!