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Red Rocks of Sedona – Part Two

Since I have started back to hiking through the red rocks in Sedona once again, I’ve had a great time making images that show the best part of hiking. For these images, I was using the Lumix G9 and the 12-60mm  Leica DG VARIO-ELMARIT f2.8-4.0 lens. This combo has a substantial reach and weighs in about three pounds which is hugely manageable on trails that are considered wilderness by the forest service. Wilderness trails mean clambering over, up and down medium size rocks, so the weight is a factor.

P1035779_600pWilderness area trail photo of the back side of Courthouse Butte – Sedona, AZ

bell rock trailAs the trail moves toward another iconic feature called Bell Rock

juniper photoMeet my twisted friend the juniper.

Lots of interesting junipers litter the sometimes otherworldly landscape of Sedona. Fun fact – the seeds need to pass through a bird to germinate.

This from an article on Lubbock Online by ELLEN PEFFLEY who taught horticulture at the college level for 28 years, 25 of those at Texas Tech, during which time she developed two onion varieties. She is now the sole proprietor of From the Garden, a market garden farmette. You can email her at gardens@suddenlink.net.

“The fruit botanically are cones but, unlike pinecones that are dry and open, the fleshy and fused closed scales of juniper resemble berries, thus the reason fruit of juniper is usually referred to as a berry. Berries mature over 18 months, at first green and turn a dark-blue purple or bluish color as they mature. Berries are visible during the winter months. Each berry develops six triangular, hard black seeds, which are eaten and scattered by frugivorous birds.

“A word for the word jar: frugivorous, defined by Merriam Webster as fruit-eating. Fruit is the preferred food for frugivorous birds, which swallow the fruit whole, digest the fleshy scales, pass the hard-shelled seeds through the gut and disperse the seeds. This is why seedling junipers pop up in unusual surroundings.”  http://www.lubbockonline.com/life/2017-01-09/peffley-juniper-berries-sought-birds-food-flavor-base-gin

Yours in Creative Photography,    Bob

 

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