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Mitten Ridge from Midgely Bridge
Just before Arizona's Oak Creek begins its southern descent into Sedona,
Wilson Canyon converges with the creek. Looking across the canyon at Mitten Ridge: seen here is Mitten's Fin, Teapot Rock and Giant's Thumb late in the day.

Clocks of oak, juniper and pine hem the walls of Mitten Ridge.

A little local lore :

Richard Wilson was killed by a grizzly bear in 1885, in the area now called
Wilson Canyon. That's the story most locals hear. The rest of the story is,
he also killed the bear.

Fifty years later, grizzlies in Arizona became totally extinct. Perhaps that's why the rest of the story goes untold. People may not have memorialized Wilson had they known that the bear attacked when he was
already full of lead.

Today, the more bashful black bears are the only reminders of the dramatic
events at Wilson Canyon.

March 4, 2009

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yatsekYeah

yatsek

Voted 10/10

This is it: Red on top, Green inside:)
Both sharp and gentle, challenging and soothing - great piece!
Peace
Jacek
Posted Mar 6, 2009 5:21 am

lcarreauRe: Yeah

lcarreau

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Almost like a reversed watermelon ???

Thank you, Jacek!
Posted Mar 6, 2009 8:33 pm

yatsekRe: Yeah

yatsek

Voted 10/10

You and this juicy (reversed watermelon) pic are an item:-)
Posted Mar 7, 2009 2:39 am

lcarreauRe: Yeah

lcarreau

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A "juicy watermelon" sounds great right now !!!
Posted Apr 25, 2009 7:43 pm

garchovthe rest of the story

garchov

Voted 8/10

Local lore is one thing, local history is another. In 1885 Richard Wilson's friend, Jim Thompson, was called to Prescott to be a witness in a trial and Jim asked Richard to look in on his wife and children while he was gone. Richard in turn gave Jim his high caliber game rifle to be repaired in Prescott. The first night that Richard was to look in on the Thompson charge, he came upon a sow grizzly in what would later be known as Wilson Canyon. He wounded the bear with a small caliber rifle and was treed then mauled and later found dead, face down in a pool of rain water.
Posted Apr 25, 2009 7:34 pm

lcarreauRe: the rest of the story

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thank you ...

Good intentions often go unnoticed. I had
only wished that I was around in 1885.
(Seems like people had more FUN back then.)

: ))
Posted Apr 25, 2009 7:41 pm

yatsekRe: the rest of the story

yatsek

Voted 10/10

Here's (probably - I haven't had any yet) some BEAR fun :-)
Posted Apr 26, 2009 2:57 am

lcarreauRe: the rest of the story

lcarreau

Hasn't voted

Thanks, I could use some bear
fun right now !!!
:- )
Posted Apr 26, 2009 8:59 am

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Object Title: Mitten Ridge from Midgely Bridge

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