Sunrise on top of the cliffs above the Upper hot springs
Super iridescent cloud, my first day in the canyon. More in my "Clouds" gallery
Tarahumara (they prefer Raramuri) woman leaves the canyon with her burro & rooster, 2010 (husband not shown)
One pool at the Upper hot springs
Stephen & Nicole head to the beach
Nicole's last sunset from the great overlook, Rio Urique below
Incised meanders of the Rio Urique. They were carved when rare high water flowed over the left shoulder of the rock pillar between the visible parts of the river!
Near the Upper Hot Springs. This is HDR High Dynamic Range photography. It compresses the enormous contrast of light to dark in the canyon to bring out detail and color.
Tom at the Upper hot springs camp, 2010
Morning fog from Upper hot springs, 2009
Jon mesmerized by spectacular clouds halfway down the falls, 2007
The twin multi-leveled waterfalls total 1000' vertical!
Glen and part of Randy emerge from a cane break.
A hazy morning from the Inner hot springs
Hamid and Steve in the Inner hot springs, 2009
Me in the inner hot springs by moonlight. It's 5 feet deep further back.
Iridescent cloud spectacular!
The 2010 Flood enabled this very hot water to reach the river and cool enough to bathe for the 1st time in my 26 yrs visiting here.
The view by moonlight from the cave by the Inner hot springs
Hamid at the overlook above the Inner hot springs, 2009
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Iridescent cloud heaven
Leaves in the water
In the oak zone up the side canyon from the Inner hot springs
My 1st day back in Boulder: the 2nd-best iridescent clouds I've seen. See the best in my "Clouds" gallery. Now, the story...
A spectacular sunset bid me farewell as I left Boulder on the bus Jan. 4
The plaza gazebo in Creel, gateway to the Copper Canyon area.
Girl selling pulseras (wristbands) on the Plaza
Light metal musicians in the plaza. There really aren't many "emergencias" here.
Tarahumara (they prefer "Raramuri") baskets, many made of pine needles.
View from the cave near the Inner hot springs
Oil on the water.
Halfway down the 1000' high series of waterfalls.
700' below, the Rio Urique is seen both left and right of "goat hill." The Urique is the biggest of the canyons popularly known as Copper Canyon.
The hummingbird ("colibri") is a symbol of joy to the Maya
This Norwegian-Canadian and I walked 11 easy miles from Creel to Valley of the Monks and back. A relief from the steep canyon with big packs.
The Monks are up to 80 feet tall. Nearby is an incredible rock maze.
Heaven is in your nose
Randy and Glen arrive in the Canyon.
Randy dug the jungly parts.
Glen on Flying Saucer Rock. Later he had his best flying dreams ever!
Glen checks out a rusty contraption which rides nn a wire to cross the river -to a now-abandoned gold mine.
In the side canyon almost to the Inner hot springs.
Coming out of the canyon back to the village of Areponapuchi
When we got back, Glenn and Randy bought stuff from the nice folks who took care of their car.
We drove to Mision San Ignacio
Nicole and Stephen flew out from Boston
We're on a main route with a 2-mule train a coupla times a week. That means the rocks are rolling.
Dry algae. Yum!!
Stephen & Nicole's last evening had a great sunset.
Their last sunset in the canyon
Lone cow takes in the view. See the "incised meander" in the river? Water sometimes rises to flow to the LEFT of the rock pillar between the 2 parts of the river you see!
Jan 25-6 was the only rain in the first quarter of 2011, so we put up the tent.
The side canyon narrows and finally is impassable -except from above...
Sunrise from the Inner hot springs
This grinder by the Rio Urique is too big for corn. Maybe it's to pound the many plants they use to stun fish in little corrals.
They opened an 80-seat gondola halfway into the canyon last October. In 2 years a smaller gondola is to be built the rest of the way to here near the bottom, where they dropped off a compressor by helicopter
The Flood of 2010 wiped out most of some 60 orange trees that were here, and 1/2 mile of streambed.
The flood created this new pool in the Rio Urique.
The view from where the orange growers lived
Boulders pile 60' high under the cliffs above.
Coals. I cooked on wood every day at one hot springs. The other has a vent so hot, it cooks oatmeal, pasta and even quinoa!
In the canyon wall just 30' from the Inner hot springs is this cold spring.
Crystalline rocks by the cold spring.
The Inner Hot springs and guamuchil tree with drippy roots are right on the side canyon wall.
February Moon from the Inner hot springs
The Inner Hot springs at sunset.
Up the side canyon.
Beloved campsite by the Rio Urique
The bright green is "laurel." The leaves make a popular tea and the seed pods are delicious.
Above the Upper hot springs
A skinny local dog came to visit.
The Great Overlook.
7 minutes later.
Still life with black sand
Where the Upper hot springs water becomes a 150' waterfall
The NEW hot springs pool on the Rio Urique!
Algae in the hot springs outflow
1 1/2 hours up the arroyo I met this old man looking for a lost burro.
A sycamore among oaks.
Big Bird (below the sun) guards the beach with the new hot springs
"The Mitten" gets the first sun at the Inner hot springs
Iridescent clouds happen when most droplets are mostly the same size.
A government suspension bridge that hasn't worked in my 26 years visiting here.
The 2010 Flood left these boulders -up to 12' long- in front of the cave near the Inner Hot Springs
The new beige boulder right of center is about 12' long and 5' thick. I'd guess that means between a 100 and 1000 year flood.
Campsite 30' from the Inner hot spring.
My first night on the river.
These thorns have thorns.
These are sharp too.
The tree holding my hammock clings to the hillside.
Big Bird watches.
The enchanted oak forest
Leaves in water.
The tin men back in Creel wear ads for various metal shops. The drummer moves in Creel's winds. Creel is almost 8000' high, just West of the Continental Divide.
"Hospital for the hangover" by the RR Station in Creel
I was delayed 12 hous in Cuahtemoc.
Crippled man sells in the street by the plaza.
The Ciuahtemoc plaza gazebo.
Another fine sunset as I got back to Denver area.
More iridescent clouds the first day back in Boulder!
And a fine sunset later that day...