The Verde River and its tributaries in central AZ present a fascinating example of a naturally regenerating ecosystem. Grazing was removed almost 20 years ago and today the trees in the riparian forest are all ~20 years old.
Clear Creek, AZ, a tributary of the Verde.
Some trees are loosing their leaves, while other plants are flowering.
A dry tributary of the Verde.
Wild and Scenic portion of Verde River: mountains constrict its flow here.
An island in the Verde: like being at the beach, but more green.
Tent rocks formation along USFR 500
Page Springs: two large blue herons just flew off
Sycamore Canyon Springs and Wilderness Area, a tributary of the Verde.
Tuzigoot National Historic Site, overlooking Verde River.