Five Shots: Fossil Creek

Taking advantage of a supreme Arizona fall morning, Jim, Bear, and I drove out to Tonto Wilderness Area and hiked the waterfall trail at Fossil Creek, an artesian spring that bubbles out of the high ground with a concentrated amount of calcium carbonate on travertine creating terraces, steep waterfalls, and large pools. Emerald green water is the result and brings many to the area. This time of year, we beat any crowd and had the path to ourselves. Here are several shots from the area.  Which one do you like the best?

1. Foam
2. Fall Morning
3. Tree Grass
4. Big Waterfall
5. Green Water
6. Wading Pool
7. Cliff View
8. Fossil Rocks
cliff view 2
9. Cliff View Two
10. Bark
11. Deep Pool
12. Spotlight
13. Sally May
14. Perfect November Day
Tonto National Forest Map of Fossil Creek Wilderness Area

 

 

 

 

 

 

40 thoughts on “Five Shots: Fossil Creek

  1. I’d love to go there. How can one possibly choose just one photo to like best! But that first one, I love it the most 😊

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    1. See, you did it! Thank you. I like that one a lot, too.

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  2. The foam or cliff view one.

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    1. I climbed up a cliff face to get above the big waterfall. I kept thinking of Tom Cruise. We are both the same age. I did it!

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      1. Did you hum the mission impossible theme tune while you did? 🙂

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        1. LOLOL. I just pretended I was him and thought, “Where would Tom step and grab now?”

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  3. Great post 🙂 All of these pictures are really beautiful that my own words can’t do justice to them 🙂 Anyway, keep up the great work as always 🙂

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    1. Hi John, thanks for the kind words. It is a magical place–in the desert, waterfalls are rare, rare, rare!

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  4. How beautiful. Arizona is full of delightful surprises it seems. My nephew is into bird watching there.

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    1. I read on the Coconino Forest website this riparian hotspot has “ovver 145 species of birds have been reported at the site, including over 20 species of waterfowl, over 25 species of shorebirds, 10 species of gulls and terns, and 9 species of wading birds.”
      Your nephew is in a good spot. 🙂

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  5. It’s a magical place and all of the photographs are great but “Wading pool” is my favourite.

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    1. I liked sitting by the side and seeing through to the ground. The pool there was probably 10 feet deep. The whole area takes about 45 minutes of driving on a dusty road through hills and canyon. Then you hear the water and then you are in heaven. 🙂

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  6. How beautiful! I’ll go with Bark although Cliff View II is the money shot. How lovely and inviting it is, well captured by your photos.

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    1. Howdy Lloyd. Before Jim could tell me not to do it, I climbed a face wall of the cliff and reached the top. I was so proud of myself. Don’t know if I’ll do it ever again, once was enough. But the view up top, I knew, would be worth it. Thank you. 🙂

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  7. Inspired by Tiny Tom to climb a cliff! Well done, Cindy. 🙂
    As a photo, I like the ‘Foam’ best, because you caught the water just right, with the feel of movement still present.
    But of course, we have nothing like that in Norfolk, so I enjoyed seeing all of the views and natural surroundings.
    Best wishes, Pete. x

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    1. Tiny Tom would have been proud. Not bad for an old lady, I thought, when I stood on top and looked about.

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      1. Old lady? Come on, you’re still hot!! :):) x

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  8. Bark for me – I like the way the bark speaks to the rocks. A good set, as ever

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    1. Derrick, thanks very much. Something solid next to the fluidity. I am glad you saw that, too.

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  9. you never think of Arizona as that beautiful ! I loved the wading pool, maybe because it’s my speed anymore. Be sure to show off that area to people you want to impress.

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    1. It is tucked away from civilization. Still, the people drive the 45 minutes on the dirt road to get to this oasis.

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      1. Hi Cindy! I can see why. 😀

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  10. Very beautiful. I vote “Spotlight,”

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    1. Thank you! I TURNED the cornet, and there was the perfect little tree spirit from above.

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  11. The first, Foam. Reminds me of a black and white by Ansel Adams.

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    1. Wow, high praise. We were just talking about him, how it is possible with his brownie box (and others) to take such clear pictures. I love his work.

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  12. WoW !! I’d love to go up there. Probably even jump in on Summer day!

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    1. It’s a popular watering hole. I know you like Sedona, it’s not that far from there. An easy hike in and back.

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  13. Absolutely love #1 – Foam. #13 Sally May is my second choice 🙂 All the images are wonderful.

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    1. Thank you, Inese. Most people liked foam, too. It was a unique perspective. Glad you stopped by today!

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  14. Number 10 gets my vote. I like the contrast between the desiccated bark and the beautiful green water.

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    1. Smooth and rough. I love textural contrasts. 🙂

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  15. Absolutely stunning. I could pull up a chair a literally spend the entire day soaking it in. Ahhhh…..

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    1. Ha! You and I think similarily. It was indeed a beautiful morning. We beat the crowds. 🙂

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  16. I love the deep pool. Looks like a great spot.

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