I would not have known of or had any reason to go to Portal and Cave Creek Canyon had it not been for the constant prodding of my daughter who is an avid birder. She makes an annual pilgrimage to this area nestled in among the Chiricahua Mountains of southeast Arizona. "Dad, you have to go there. You'll like it" and she was right. It is a very popular area for birding as it hosts a long list of birds among which are over a dozen different species of hummingbirds plus the Elegant and Eared Trogan, residents of Mexico. Naturally, all I saw were dirty brown birds but I think that was due to it being so early in the year.
The store in Portal which has a bed and breakfast inn also, in case you want to visit the area.
The entrance to Cave Creek Canyon.
You can see why birds would be attracted to here, an oasis in the desert.
That evening in camp I expected some great color on the canyon walls at sunset.
...and waited some more.
I gave up and went back to camp to fix dinner, thinking nothing was going to happen. The next morning my neighbors said "Did you see that sunset last night? It was spectacular!"
"What time was that?" I asked.
It turned out about 30 minutes after I left. Grrrr...