One of the last things I did before leaving Prescott, Arizona, was climb over rocks in Granite Dells near sunset.
Fantastic mounds of rock look like toes or fingers or mushrooms or just about anything else you can imagine.
The neighborhood sits right next to a Rails-to-Trails throughway where you can hike for miles. We scampered up and up to catch the last rays of the sun. On the way we played with our shadows to make living rock art. That’s Joan on the left, me on the right, and Marna offstage taking the photo:
The trees cast their own shadows as the rays of the sun lengthened and color deepened:
I’m a sucker for abstract art, and I couldn’t tear my eyes from the granite walls next to me, their shadowed shades softening to pinks, grays, and blues, painted with aqua lichen:
A chink in the rock showed bright sunset beyond:
Granite walls traced the eons-long pathways of water:
Finally, a tree at the top caught the last rays of setting sun:
What beautiful photographs! Thanks for sharing these images with us on this gray winter day in Boulder.
Great photos. Looks like great place.
I love the Dells! Whenever I visited my late father in Prescott I’d always go there. Beautiful pictures!
It really is beautiful–and the sunshine there was a welcome change too from the rain, snow, and flooding we had in the previous days.
Wow, I love those rocks. Such wonderful shapes and textures.
What beautiful rocks! I’ve climbed at Mt. Lemmon in Arizona, but never at the Granite Dells. I imagine other rock climbers are active at this area?
Those rock faces look pretty tempting, don’t they? I’m not a climber, and they lured even me. For more info on climbing in the Dells, see this link.
Your shadow pictures on boulders are a riot! What a fun post.
Joyce IL, USA
Yep, we had a great time! Joan, who grew up on granite, led us up the boulders like goats.
Spectacular photos–so vivid I feel like I’m there!
Fabulous to see the pics from our walk/climb, Priscilla! I love how your eye captured the abstract art gallery on the rocks! Thought I’d offer an interlink here to the Earth Regenerative rendering of it so we could have sister posts…
Marna, thanks for providing your link. You captured the heart of the walk in words! Those who want to read some utterly gorgeous writing and experience “being there” in this captivating setting, be sure to follow Marna’s link to her blog post about our hike.
Thanks for the pics! I am thinking about moving to that area and you have piqued my interest.