Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Julian's Ranch

Annie and I were lucky enough to be invited to a working cattle ranch owned by Faith's boyfriend Julian's family.  Located north of Mount Graham at about 4000' elevation it was cold. The wash that runs through the area is dry but water is not to far below the surface and supports huge Arizona sycamores and Cottonwoods. Rose, Julian's mom directed me to the ruins of an ancient Native American village.  Stones show the foundations of the village. A magical place in the desert.

Arizona sycamores are more smooth barked than the sycamores we have in Missouri.

This is a Parry's Agave, one of the twelve species of agave that live in AZ.  They were used by Native Americans for food, fiber, soap, beverages, and medicines.  Tequila is made from fermented juice from one of the agave species.

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