Slopes of Black Top Mesa with Yellow Peak

Stag Horn Cholla (Opuntia versicolor) or, maybe, Pencil Cholla (Cylindropuntia ramosissima) and Prickly Pear (Optuna) growing along the Upper Black Top Mesa Pass trail. Also, in foreground Brittlebush (Encelia farinosa) and Purplehead (AKA Blue Dick) (Dipterostemon capitatus). In the distance Saguaro Cactus (Carnegiea gigantean). Below the cliff of Black Top Mesa, above East Boulder Canyon, is a patch of yelow, Mexican Poppy (Eschscholtzia californica). The other side of the distant Yellow Peak was where July 2010 four foolhardy Utah treasure hunters lost their lives to summer temperatures exceeding 180 F. Superstition Wilderness, Tonto National Forest, Arizona.

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