A trip up to the 'high country' around the mogollon rim to see some snow and blue sky proved
a photographic treat. The heron in the reed beds near the Zane Grey cabin was just the start of perfect afternoon's photography. I love how herons look all hunched up when they are just sitting around and turn themselves into huge graceful fish catching machines.
The cabin which now stands overlooking the lake is a rebuild since the original burned down. It is such a pretty setting just off the main Payson road, worth a quick diversion
The water jet doesn't come up to fountain hills standards or indeed le jet d'eau on the lake in Geneva on which fountain hills is copied. It still makes for an interesting and striking scene.
Just spotted Sunday lunch.
Bare trees and tranquil reflective water belie the temperature – it was COLD! When you travel out of town from phoenix the temperature drop can be rapid and huge. Summer and winter 15°F drops and sometimes much more are recorded as you drive up through the salt river canyon.
It was a real surprise and a treat to see this bald headed land on this tree. It took more than a passing interest in every thing that passed below it. Quite glad I wasn't walking a chihuahua!
Having seen the heron catch the trout I guess it was biding its time for the next meal from the water.
Time to return to phoenix and enjoy a nightly wonder – the Arizona sunset with saguaro cactus and palms breaking the skyline. Even from a moving car and taken with an iPhone this does not disappoint.
Taking the Bush highway for the return journey makes this a more interesting round trip.