Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Getting Washed

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Ajo, AZ

Joan and I have always been fascinated by the power and the majesty of the deeper washes in the local desert.   We have never seen them running full of water, but one can imagine the force of nature that it would take to sculpt a canyon this deep, cutting through loose rock, clay, gravel and sand.

Joan and I took an afternoon walk along the bottom of this deep and beautiful wash.  We were awed at the sculptures of rock walls, falls, ledges and the waters sinewy path.

An as if that was not enough, nature added some beautiful flowering plants to complete the look of an expensive and expansive rock garden.

We saw Palo Verde and Ironwood Trees casting welcome shade into the wash, and in one sunny corner we found a fairy duster struggling valiantly to grow from the rocky soil.  Resplendant in its beautiful blooms.

In this channel we found a rock and mortar wall built above a rock chute.  We assume that it was for a holding pond.  If so, the "pond" is silted in, so what did the rock wall accomplish?

Another example of a mortared rock wall shown in the photo to the right.  The purpose is a mystery, but the beauty is undeniable.  Maybe it is to keep domestic stock from wandering off the land by following the dry wash.  Anybody know?

In the 'good 'ol days' washes were also convenient dumping places.  Here lies the back half of a 1947 Studebaker Champion.  Probably has some value to a restorer?

One more spectacular arroyo "rock garden" shot to leave you with.

Your Traveling Friends,

Jeff and Joan

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