There are many arches in Organ Pipe NM, but most of them are off the beaten path. (The photo of me on my blog header was taken off the beaten path in Organ Pipe several years ago. ) The most popular Arch is found off Ajo Mountain Drive and is most visible from the road. I had never hiked the Arch Canyon Trail during my previous visits to Organ Pipe, so decided it was about time to cross this one off the list.
The first part of the hike is fairly easy with a moderate elevation gain on a maintained trail. The day was clear, but very, very windy. You can see the Arch from the road. If you look very carefully, there is a second arch or window on top.
So, you have probably noticed the Photomatix watermark on the photos. I'm trying out a software program which allows me to layer three different exposures of the same photos to pull out the all of the colors, highlights, and contrasts and enhance as needed. It's much simpler than adobe photoshop and cheaper. I'm still playing with it and I can also do some other enhancements. The photo below is an example of a "painterly mode". It almost looks like a painting. Let me know your comments.
So, life continues at Organ Pipe. Joel has been working on a mapping project and hasn't been going out "buffelgrassing". I've been continuing with the buffelgrass project but have been going out in the field with a young recent college grad who is with Americorp/SAC, which has proved interesting..mostly because he is so knowledgeable about other projects in the monument.
Check back soon, as Joel and I and two other couples are headed out on a Jeep trip on the El Camino del Diablo. It should be interesting.