Far-off View of Collecting Area

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Copyright © Ben Kirchner

Far-off View of Collecting Area

Copyright © Ben Kirchner  - This image is copyrighted. Unauthorized reproduction prohibited.

A view of the Aquarius Mountains where the Garnets from this locality are found. This picture was taken from the dirt road to the site; at least 5 miles of rocky road are ahead. The collecting area is somewhere in the darker colored cliffs half-way up the mountain, and about 1/4 of the picture from the left; approximately in between the first and second sets of dark cliffs (from the left.) The road was passable to my 2WD 2000 Toyota Tacoma, but we did stop about a mile away and we hiked the rest. My truck almost certainly would have made it the whole way without problems, but I didn't know that at the time!

The vegetation at this site is wonderful - right on the northern edge of the Sonoran Desert, a few Saguaro cactus were present, intermixed with Juniper, Sagebrush, Ocotillos, Mesquite, Palo Verde trees and Yucca. The high was a beautiful 88 degrees and although we saw not a soul once we got off the highway, there was evidence of very recent diggings. Snakes and Black Widow spiders were seen! Caution should be exercised at all times: flat tires, no cell phone service, snake bites, rock slides and the overwhelming desire to never return to civilization could happen to anyone at any time out here!

Picture taken on October 10th, 2009, by Ben Kirchner.

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Photo added:17th Oct 2009
Dimensions:3264x2448px (7.99 megapixels)
Date/Time of Photo:10th Oct 2009 01:03:10
Camera:CANON PowerShot A720 IS
Exposure time:1/800s
Focal Length:6mm
ISO speed:80
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