Convicts and the Cherry Orchard


Six varieties of wildflowers in bloom, including the first wild lily of the year.

Bald eagles, ravens and red-tailed hawks riding the thermals near the towering rimrock cliffs, looking for the next meal to catch.

Deer playing hide-and-seek with me in the white oak forest.

The remnants of a stretch of old road chiseled out of the cliffs, a short-lived experiment to use convicts for construction work a century ago.

Three more weeks of winter.

Anticipation grows for spring to arrive.

Yellow Bell (a wild lily)

Yellow Bell (a wild lily)

Still too cold for ticks

Still too cold for ticks

Amazing! (Merc's are great vehicles.)

Amazing! (Merc’s are great vehicles.)

Grass Widow

Grass Widow

Trail leading to the rirmock cliffs

Trail leading to the rirmock cliffs

Columbia Desert Parsley

Columbia Desert Parsley

Remnant of old convict road

Remnant of old convict road

Filaree

Filaree

Gold Star

Gold Star

Salt and Pepper Parsley

Salt and Pepper Parsley

Small pond near the trail

Small pond near the trail

Trail leading through the white oaks

Trail leading through the white oaks

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4 comments

  1. Beautiful pictures! I’m curious. What is a convict road? What is the history? Thanks!

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  2. Outstanding as usual John, you make we want to get out there! Same question as Noticing above.

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