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"Philosophers and Ploughmen,
Each must know his part ..
To sow a new mentality;
Closer to the Heart ..."

It has been a commonly held (although erroneous) belief that Squaw Peak, rising south of Camp Verde, is the true geographic center of Arizona.

Rumors have abounded that somewhere on the peak is a plaque designating it as the center. The only marker on the mountain is an elevation marker placed by the United States Geological Survey - (6525 feet).

Here, Squaw Peak shares center stage with the coolness of a Verde Valley
autumn, which is certainly NO BULL in this humble man's opinion.

November 7, 2009





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merrillare those

merrill

Voted 10/10

just willows along the river?
Posted Aug 17, 2012 8:11 pm

lcarreauRe: are those

lcarreau

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Great question! The answer is NO ..

This is the Verde riparian zone .. characterized by large stands of desert willow and Goodding's willow, with a few red
willows ..

... yet, dominated by Fremont cottonwood trees, Arizona sycamore, Netleaf hackberry, Velvet mesquite and Arizona ash.

An evasive species is the tamerisk or Salt cedar, which is slowly being eliminated from
the waterway by human management.

On my recent trip to northwestern Alaska,
I noticed a fair amount of cottonwoods and
birches growing at Pilgrim Hot Springs,
where the constant heat has eaten away a
300-foot layer of permafrost.

Posted Aug 17, 2012 9:23 pm

merrillWOW!

merrill

Voted 10/10

it was kind of difficult to tell from the pic but it looked like some trees mixed in there, not just a bunch of willows. It's been ages since i've seen a hackberry. That was one of my favorite trees from dendrology class years ago Celtis reticulata. Thanks for the info.
Steve
Posted Aug 20, 2012 11:02 pm

lcarreauRe: WOW!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Not a problem, Steve ..

Trees are like that. It's been a long time
since I've seen an Alaskan Red Cedar.

Unfortunately, I have to settle for what we
have in AZ, but trees ALWAYS look greener
on the other side of the brick wall.
Posted Aug 20, 2012 11:33 pm

merrillRe: WOW!

merrill

Voted 10/10

that may depend on the color of the brick.
Posted Aug 22, 2012 5:10 pm

lcarreauRe: WOW!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

In Arizona, it's typically RED ..

That's why I have a strange fetish for
BARBED WIRE ..

: - )
Posted Aug 22, 2012 7:25 pm

merrillRe: WOW!

merrill

Voted 10/10

I hope the barbed wire is not red! I've painted a few drops of red on barbed wire before trying to cross them.
Posted Aug 25, 2012 3:45 pm

lcarreauRe: WOW!

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Hahaha-ha ... there ya go, Steve!

Humor ... seems to be dying resource these
days, especially in my neck of the Woods.

If my neck were RED, I'd probably be labeled
a Redneck, but guess some people can't see
past the sunburn.

Have a nice day, Steve !!!
Posted Aug 25, 2012 7:58 pm

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on Mar 18, 2011 12:02 am

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